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Word: pretend

Definition: feign; pretend to: claim to possess; make pretensions to; Ex. I don't pretend to much expertise; N. pretense


Sentences Containing 'pretend'

'Edward,' replied my mother, timidly, 'you are a far better judge of all questions than I pretend to be.
'You pretend to have bought it for yourself, but you have really done so to confer a benefit on him.
All taxes, they pretend, fall ultimately upon the rent of land, and ought, therefore, to be imposed equally upon the fund which must finally pay them.
Bobby asks what's going on and they pretend to check the receipts.
But do we pretend to be acquainted with the nature of the human soul and the nature of an idea, or the aptitude of the one to produce the other?
By employing that word, we pretend not to have given the ultimate reason of such a propensity.
Dexter believes it will help him learn how to "pretend" to be normal. Characters.
Do let's pretend that I'm a hungry hyaena, and you're a bone.'
During this period, Reynolds had another child pretend to be Kodee who made 20 visits to the university.
Genoa and Venice, the only two remaining which can pretend to an independent existence, have both been enfeebled by it.
He has finally returned and now asks her to pretend that he has never been away.
He tells Kim to sing it whenever she is lonely and to pretend he has never been away.
He worked on noted American radio shows such as "Let’s Pretend" and "Ellery Queen".
How is it, that you, a mere oarsman in the fishery, pretend to know aught about the subterranean parts of the whale?
I certainly do not pretend that the knowledge of this distinction will enable him to buy cheaper.
I certainly have had my share of beauty, but I do not pretend to be anything extraordinary now.
I do not, however, pretend to warrant either the greatness of the sum, or the shortness of the time.
I pretend not to have obviated or removed all objections to this theory, with regard to necessity and liberty.
I'm going to finish now, pretend to cry", which she does as she walks off.
If I be right, I pretend not to have made any mighty discovery.
If this be true, for I pretend not to affirm it, it is as if a corn farmer expected to defray the expense of his cultivation with the chaff and the straw, and that the grain should be all clear profit.
In the schools, the youth are taught, or at least may be taught, Greek and Latin; that is, everything which the masters pretend to teach, or which it is expected they should teach.
In vain do you pretend to have learned the nature of bodies from your past experience.
Kitty, dear, let's pretend--' And here I wish I could tell you half the things Alice used to say, beginning with her favourite phrase 'Let's pretend.'
Later, Buchanan straddles onto two men who pretend to be a motorbike.
Let's pretend the glass has got all soft like gauze, so that we can get through.
Let's pretend there's a way of getting through into it, somehow, Kitty.
Not in one case out of a hundred can we pretend to assign any reason why this or that part has varied.
Now don't pretend not to have a memory, because you and I know better.'
Of the former extent, however, of this now ruined and abandoned fishery, I must acknowledge that I cannot pretend to speak with much precision.
She encouraged each of her children to "pretend" for an hour each day.
Some pretend to see a difference between the Greenland whale of the English and the right whale of the Americans.
Some there are who follow this principle now; but it would be idle to pretend that it is the practice either of most or of the best writers."
Ste becomes jealous when Brendan and Mitzeee agree to pretend to be a couple.
That this union, however, could be easily effectuated, or that difficulties, and great difficulties, might not occur in the execution, I do not pretend.
The pond rises and falls, but whether regularly or not, and within what period, nobody knows, though, as usual, many pretend to know.
The prices, indeed, which Fleetwood has been able to collect, seem to have been those chiefly which were remarkable for extraordinary dearness or cheapness; and I do not pretend that any very certain conclusion can be drawn from them.
They did not seek to trick in a "Candid Camera" way, but rather invited the audience to pretend along with them.
They pretend that Sophy has a lock of it in her desk, and is obliged to shut it in a clasped book, to keep it down.
Two men pretend to be freemasons to impress each other.
What may be the amount of the whole expense which the church, either of Berne, or of any other protestant canton, costs the state, I do not pretend to know.
Where then is the power, of which we pretend to be conscious?
Whether the trade, either of Scotland in general, or of the city of Glasgow in particular, has really increased in so great a proportion, during so short a period, I do not pretend to know.
You are not going to be missish, I hope, and pretend to be affronted at an idle report.
``How near it may be to mine, I can not pretend to say.
``I can not pretend to be sorry,''said Wickham, after a short interruption,``that he or that any man should not be estimated beyond their deserts; but with him I believe it does not often happen.
``I do not pretend to possess equal frankness with your ladyship.
``Oh, I will find it,''he cried;``you may pretend he is not here, but I will find him, though I dig forever!''
``Oh, yes; do you pretend that all this has been unobserved at the minister's?''
``You pretend not to know, because government was not rich enough.''

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