For Kirke it was being paid to pretend to play the oboe that heightened her affair with classical music.
They are sick of pretend solutions that address the politics of our problems rather than the problems themselves.
I realize that some on the right only pretend to care about the deficit to keep the coalition together.
Instead, their marshmallow was covered from view, or they were given a pretend scenario to distract themselves with.
Ohio Republican Rich Iott likes to dress up in a Waffen SS uniform and pretend to be a Nazi soldier on the weekends.
As I was saying, why should I pretend to be pensive and doleful, when I am as merry as a lark?
When they come in, pretend you just came here in order to meet me.
How he came to be engaged in the crimes he afterwards perpetrated we cannot well learn, and therefore shall not pretend to relate.
Why did you pretend to me that you and your wife were alone in the room—when you had that there with you, eh?
I do not pretend to despise the rich things of the world, or the high things.
late 14c., "to profess, assert, maintain" (a claim, etc.), "to direct (one's) efforts," from Old French pretendre "to lay claim," from Latin praetendere "stretch in front, put forward, allege," from prae "before" (see pre-) + tendere "to stretch," from PIE root *ten- "to stretch" (see tend).
Main modern sense of "feign, put forward a false claim" is recorded from c.1400; the older sense of simply "to claim" is behind the string of royal pretenders (1690s) in English history. Meaning "to play, make believe" is recorded from 1865. In 17c. pretend also could mean "make a suit of marriage for," from a sense in French. Related: Pretended; pretending.
"fact of pretending," 1888, from children's talk, from pretend (v.). Earlier in same sense was verbal noun pretending (1640s).