English - Vietnamese Dictionary
pretend /pri'tend/Concise Dictionary
- ngoại động từ
- làm ra vẻ, giả vờ, giả đò, giả bộ, giả cách
- to pretend illness: giả cách ốm, làm ra vẻ ốm
- to pretend that one is asleep; to pretend to be asleep: làm ra vẻ đang ngủ
- lấy cớ
- to pretend that...: lấy cớ là...
- có tham vọng, có kỳ vọng, có ý muốn; có ý dám (làm gì...)
- nội động từ
- giả vờ, giả đò, giả bộ, giả cách
- he is only pretending: hắn ta chỉ gỉa vờ, hắn ta chỉ làm ra vẻ thế thôi
- (+ to) đòi hỏi, yêu sách, yêu cầu, xin; cầu
- to pretend go to a right: đòi quyền lợi
- to pretend to someone's hand: cầu hôn ai
- (+ to) tự phụ có, làm ra bộ có, lên mặt có
- to pretend to elegance: lên mặt là thanh lịch
+the enactment of a pretense
+make believe with the intent to deceive
+behave unnaturally or affectedly
+put forward a claim and assert right or possession of
+put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation
+represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like
+imagined as in a play
Advanced English Dictionary
1 feign, profess, represent, allege, make believe, make out:
Let's pretend that we are royalty. Often, he pretends to be me.
2 try, attempt, endeavour, venture, presume, undertake:
I could not pretend to guess the number of people attending last night's meeting
3 make believe, act or play, play-act, fake, feign, put on an act, dissemble, sham, sail under false colours:
Is she serious about wanting you to leave or was she just pretending?
verb, adjectiveCollocation Dictionary
1 ~ (to sb) (that ...) to behave in a particular way, in order to make other people believe sth that is not true: [V] I'm tired of having to pretend all the time. + Of course I was wrong; it would be hypocritical to pretend otherwise. + [V (that)] He pretended to his family that everything was fine. + We pretended (that) nothing had happened. + She pretended (that) she was his niece. + [V to inf] I pretended to be asleep. + He pretended not to notice. + She didn't love him, though she pretended to. + [VN] (formal) She pretended an interest she did not feel.
2 (especially of children) to imagine that sth is true as part of a game: [V (that)] Let's pretend (that) we're astronauts. + [V] They didn't have any real money so they had to pretend.
3 ~ (to sth) (usually used in negative sentences and questions) to claim to be, do or have sth, especially when this is not true: [V] I can't pretend to any great musical talent. + [V (that)] I don't pretend (that) I know much about the subject, but ... + [V to inf] The book doesn't pretend to be a great work of literature.
+ adjective [usually before noun] (informal) (often used by children) not real, imaginary: pretend cakes / toys
You know what this is all about, Natasha. Why pretend otherwise?
VERB + PRETEND
can/could no longer | try to | be dishonest to, be idle to, be ridiculous to, be useless to
It's useless to pretend that we might still win.
He pretended to his boss that he'd written the article.
go on pretending
I can't go on pretending any longer.
| just/only pretending
Maria knew he was only pretending.
| let's pretend
Let's pretend it never happened.
| stop pretending, there's no point in pretending
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