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
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.”
n : the act of giving a false appearance; "his conformity was
only pretending" [syn: pretense, pretence, simulation,