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


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pre·tend·ed, a. Making a false appearance; unreal; false; as, pretended friend. -- Pre*tend*ed*ly, adv.

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: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : adopted in order to deceive; "an assumed name"; "an assumed
            cheerfulness"; "a fictitious address"; "fictive
            sympathy"; "a pretended interest"; "a put-on childish
            voice"; "sham modesty" [syn: assumed, false, fictitious,
             fictive, put on, sham]