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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pre·tend /prɪˈtɛnd/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pre·tend v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pretended; p. pr. & vb. n. Pretending.]
 1. To lay a claim to; to allege a title to; to claim.
    Chiefs shall be grudged the part which they pretend.   --Dryden.
 2. To hold before, or put forward, as a cloak or disguise for something else; to exhibit as a veil for something hidden. [R.]
 Lest that too heavenly form, pretended
 To hellish falsehood, snare them.   --Milton.
 3. To hold out, or represent, falsely; to put forward, or offer, as true or real (something untrue or unreal); to show hypocritically, or for the purpose of deceiving; to simulate; to feign; as, to pretend friendship.
 This let him know,
 Lest, willfully transgressing, he pretend
 Surprisal.   --Milton.
 4. To intend; to design; to plot; to attempt. [Obs.]
 Such as shall pretend
 Malicious practices against his state.   --Shak.
 5. To hold before one; to extend. [Obs.] “His target always over her pretended.”

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pre·tend, v. i.
 1. To put in, or make, a claim, truly or falsely; to allege a title; to lay claim to, or strive after, something; -- usually with to. “Countries that pretend to freedom.”
 For to what fine he would anon pretend,
 That know I well.   --Chaucer.
 2. To hold out the appearance of being, possessing, or performing; to profess; to make believe; to feign; to sham; as, to pretend to be asleep.  “[He] pretended to drink the waters.”

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : imagined as in a play; "the make-believe world of theater";
            "play money"; "dangling their legs in the water to
            catch pretend fish" [syn: make-believe]
      n : the enactment of a pretense; "it was just pretend" [syn: make-believe]
      v 1: make believe with the intent to deceive; "He feigned that he
           was ill"; "He shammed a headache" [syn: feign, sham,
            affect, dissemble]
      2: behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She's just acting" [syn:
         dissemble, act]
      3: put forward a claim and assert right or possession of;
         "pretend the title of King"
      4: put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation; "I
         am guessing that the price of real estate will rise
         again"; "I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong" [syn:
          guess, venture, hazard]
      5: represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or
         act like; "She makes like an actress" [syn: make, make
      6: state insincerely; "He professed innocence but later
         admitted his guilt"; "She pretended not to have known the
         suicide bomber"; "She pretends to be an expert on wine"
         [syn: profess]