English English Dictionary

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pretend in English:

1. make out


Honorata going to make out the difficult task.
I didn't make out his final words
He tried to make out that Jack is guilty of starting the fire, but nobody believed him.
Listen, Jack, I tried to make out the meaning of this squiggle in your test, but I failed. Could you tell me what it is?
How did you make out yesterday?
Nobody can make out why you have been put in charge here.
You always hate going to visit my parents. Don't make out it's a pleasure for you when it isn't.
I could see the sign but I couldn't make out exactly what it said.
If you can't make out what someone's saying, ask them to repeat it.
She's the kind of girl who will not make out on the first date
see sth with difficulty (in a distance)/It’s dark and I can’t make out the names on the list.
His writing is so bad i can't make out what this word's supposed to be.
make out = To write out; draw up: made out the invoices. I will make out your bill straightway, sir!
don't make out like you know the answer
The copy ic not clear and I can"t make out the words.

English word "pretend"(make out) occurs in sets:

Phrasal verbs

2. to act


You're acting like a child! It's very important to act now before the problem gets really serious.
We need to act quickly.

English word "pretend"(to act) occurs in sets:

new opportunities - intermediate

3. infinitive


An infinitive without a 'to' attached is called a bare infinitive.
Some verbs in English can be followed by either an infinitive or the -ing form

English word "pretend"(infinitive) occurs in sets:

gerund and infinitive

4. put on


They put on activities or meetings every night of the week.
When I stopped running I put on 8 kilos.
put on glasses
It's bedtime. Go and put on your pyjamas.
Just remove everything and put on the gown. / 2. So put on something nice and be on time for a change.
My son can put on socks.
Some people will put on a smile and pretend to be friendly.
You should put on the electric oven for 15 minutes to warm it up.
They put on heavy jackets, woollen caps, gloves and scarves and went for long walks.
I don't see why you have to put on a phoney English accent.
When i come back from work i always put on my tracksuit
You should put on this beautiful dress I bought you last Monday.
increase in (weight)/Ha put on weight.
put on more speed; put the emergency brake on
Don’t forget to put on a cap, it’s cold outside.

5. pretend to be



English word "pretend"(pretend to be) occurs in sets:

6A Verbs patterns

6. to behave as if something is true



7. feign


He feigned being ill.
‘OK,’ she said, feigning indifference.
Sir Cuthvell feigned a frown,

8. to behave as though something is true when you know that it is not



English word "pretend"(to behave as though something is true when you know that it is not) occurs in sets:

WORDLIST 9 TROUBLE

9. pretend to do



10. to


Go to sleep.
I hope to one day speak German as well as you speak English.
Why aren't you going? "Because I don't want to."
It took me more than two hours to translate a few pages of English.
Look at me when I talk to you!
Homeroom teachers should make every effort to keep in touch with their students.
Nobody ever comes to see us in this out-of-the-way village.
If I can get into university, I am hoping to learn to speak two foreign languages.
Fewer workers meant fewer people with money to buy goods.
Franklin Roosevelt was born to a rich and important New York family.
Two roundtrip tickets to Osaka, please.
The president was quoted as saying he would like to visit Japan soon.
You are welcome to the use of our house while we are away on vacation.
It began to rain heavily just as we got to the gate.
According to the weather forecast, the rainy season will set in next week.