'Pretended' definitions:

Definition of 'pretended'

(from WordNet)
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, pretended, put on, sham]

Definition of 'Pretended'

  • Pretended \Pre*tend"ed\, a. Making a false appearance; unreal; false; as, pretended friend. -- {Pre*tend"ed*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

Definition of 'Pretended'

  • Pretend \Pre*tend"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pretended; p. pr. & vb. n. Pretending.] [OE. pretenden to lay claim to, F. pr['e]tendre, L. praetendere, praetentum, to stretch forward, pretend, simulate, assert; prae before + tendere to stretch. See Tend, v. t. ]
  • 1. To lay a claim to; to allege a title to; to claim. [1913 Webster]
  • Chiefs shall be grudged the part which they pretend. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]
  • 2. To hold before, or put forward, as a cloak or disguise for something else; to exhibit as a veil for something hidden. [R.] [1913 Webster]
  • Lest that too heavenly form, pretended To hellish falsehood, snare them. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
  • 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. [1913 Webster]
  • This let him know, Lest, willfully transgressing, he pretend Surprisal. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
  • 4. To intend; to design; to plot; to attempt. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
  • Such as shall pretend Malicious practices against his state. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
  • 5. To hold before one; to extend. [Obs.] "His target always over her pretended." --Spenser. [1913 Webster]