how to pronounce pretend


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pretend is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of pretend in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… coffee today who pretend burned my …”

meanings of pretend


  1. To claim, to allege, especially when falsely or as a form of deliberate deception.
  2. To hold before one; to extend.
  3. To feign, affect (a state, quality, etc.).
  4. To lay claim to (an ability, status, advantage, etc.). (originally used without to).
  5. To intend; to design, to plot; to attempt.
  6. To make oneself appear to do or be doing something; to engage in make-believe.
  7. To hold before, or put forward, as a cloak or disguise for something else; to exhibit as a veil for something hidden.


  1. Not really what it is represented as being; imaginary, feigned.

pretend frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word pretend occurs in english on average 23.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics pretend can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that pretend can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

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