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To pretend to do or feel something - thesaurus

Synonyms

play along

to pretend to agree with someone or something, especially in order to get what you want or avoid an argument

keep up

to continue to pretend that something is true

pretend

verb

to behave in a particular way because you want someone to believe that something is true when it is not

pretend

verb

to imagine that something is true when you are playing a game

tease

verb

to make someone think that you are willing to have sex with them when you are not

fake

verb

to pretend that something has happened when it has not

play out

if you play out a situation, you pretend that it is really happening

pretend

verb

to claim that something is true when it is not

simulate

verb

to pretend to feel or think something

fake

verb

to pretend to have a feeling that you do not have

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act out

to show the events that happened in a situation by doing them again or by doing the same things as the people involved

affect

verb

formal to behave as if you feel something that you do not or as if you are a type of person that you are not

assume

verb

to pretend to have a particular feeling or attitude

feign

verb

formal to pretend to have a particular feeling

keep up appearances

to pretend that everything is good, for example with your marriage or your financial situation, even though you are having problems

make as if to do something

to make a movement so that you seem to be going to do something

make a virtue of necessity

to pretend that you are doing something because you have chosen to do it and because it will bring you benefits, when in fact it is something that you must do

make believe

to pretend that something is real, especially in a game

make-believe

noun

the activity of pretending that something is real or that a situation is better than it really is

make like

to pretend to be something you are not

make out

informal to pretend that something is true

malinger

verb

to avoid work by pretending to be sick

play/be devil’s advocate

to pretend to disagree with someone in order to start an argument or interesting discussion

play possum

to pretend to be dead or sleeping in order to trick someone

play the innocent

to pretend that you do not understand or know anything about something

purport

verb

formal to claim or seem to be something or to do something, especially when this is not possible or true

put on

to pretend to have a particular feeling or a particular way of speaking or behaving

set yourself up as something

to claim to be something that you are not

sham

verb

to try to trick people by pretending something, for example that you are sick

toady

verb

showing disapproval to pretend to like a rich or important person in order to get some advantage from them

toy with

to pretend that you like or love someone when really you do not

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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