To lay a claim to; to allege a title to; to claim.
To hold before, or put forward, as a cloak or disguise for something else; to exhibit as a veil for something hidden.
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.
To intend; to design; to plot; to attempt.
To hold before one; to extend.
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.
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.
My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them. Mitch Hedberg
I don't pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about. Arthur C. Clarke
Even if you're unhappy, just pretend that you're happy. Eventually, your smile will be contagious to yourself. I had to learn that. I used to think, 'I'm being fake,' but you know what? Better to be fake and happy than real and miserable. Evangeline Lilly
Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance. Sun Tzu
People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it's simply necessary to love. Claude Monet