Definition for PRE-TEND'

PRE-TEND', v.t.1 [L. prætendo; præ, before, and tendo, to tend, to reach or stretch; Fr. pretendre; It. pretendere; Sp. pretender.]

  1. Literally, to reach or stretch forward; used by Dryden, but this use is not well authorized.
  2. To hold out, as a false appearance; to offer something feigned instead of that which is real; to simulate, in words or actions. This let him know, / Lest willfully transgressing, he pretend / Surprisal. – Milton.
  3. To show hypocritically; as, to pretend great zeal when the heart is not engaged; to pretend patriotism for the sake of gaining popular applause or obtaining an office.
  4. To exhibit as a cover for something hidden. Lest that too heavenly form, pretended / To hellish falsehood, snare them. [Not in use.] – Milton.
  5. To claim. Chiefs shall be grudg'd the part which they pretend. – Dryden. In this sense, we generally use pretend to.
  6. To intend; to design. [Not used.] – Spenser.

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