01. The children were [pretending] to be cats by walking on all fours, and making meowing sounds.
02. You knew I was angry with you; don't [pretend] you didn't.
03. When my daughter was little, she liked to listen to Pachabel's canon, and [pretend] she was a little flower opening up to the morning sun.
04. Nikita [pretended] to be sick so that he wouldn't have to go to school.
05. The insurance company claims the man only [pretended] to be injured in the car accident so that he could collect compensation.
06. The little girls were [pretending] to be superheroes, and were jumping around in the yard with capes around their necks.
07. There is a Navaho proverb which observes that you can't wake a person who is [pretending] to be asleep.
08. Bette Davis once said that people often become actresses because of something they dislike about themselves, in that it allows them to [pretend] they are someone else.
09. If you are approached by a black bear, it is sometimes best to [pretend] to be dead so that the animal loses interest in you.
10. Some types of frogs [pretend] to be dead when captured, but quickly hop away when let go.
11. She didn't really like the meal, but she [pretended] to enjoy it because she didn't want to be impolite.
12. During the time of Communist rule in Poland, there was a saying which went, "We [pretend] to work, and they [pretend] to pay us."
13. In Danish culture, on the day of your birthday, you are supposed to stay in bed [pretending] to be asleep until the rest of the family bursts in with presents.
14. In November of 1499, Perkin Warbeck, Flemish imposter and [pretender] to the throne of King Henry VII of England, was executed in the Tower of London.

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pretend — [prē tend′, pritend′] vt. [ME pretenden, to intend < MFr pretendre < L praetendere, to hold forth, allege < prae , before + tendere, to stretch: see THIN] 1. to claim; profess; allege [to pretend ignorance of the law] 2. to claim or… …   English World dictionary

  • Pretend — 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. Swift. [1913 Webster] For to what fine he would anon pretend,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pretend to — [phrasal verb] pretend to (something) formal : to claim that you have (something, such as a quality or ability) She pretends to a deep religious devotion, but I don t believe her. usually used in negative statements I don t pretend to any… …   Useful english dictionary

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