pretend to (something)

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pretend to (something)

To feign or claim to have some quality, skill, or characteristic. Jonathan pretends to the palate of a connoisseur, but really he's just pretentious. I like to write, but couldn't pretend to the kind of talent she has.
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pretend to something

to claim to have a skill or quality. I can hardly pretend to the artistry that Wally has, but I can play the piano a bit. I can't pretend to that level of skill.
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References in classic literature ?
"Well, Sir Minister!" said one of the knaves, still pretending to work.
Kitty sat very demurely on her knee, pretending to watch the progress of the winding, and now and then putting out one paw and gently touching the ball, as if it would be glad to help, if it might.
Pretending to read a smeary newspaper long out of date, which had nothing half so legible in its local news, as the foreign matter of coffee, pickles, fish-sauces, gravy, melted butter, and wine, with which it was sprinkled all over, as if it had taken the measles in a highly irregular form, I sat at my table while he stood before the fire.
"Long enough to be tired of it," returned Drummle, pretending to yawn, but equally determined.
But when a creature pretending to reason could be capable of such enormities, he dreaded lest the corruption of that faculty might be worse than brutality itself.
The Frenchman was asleep, or pretending to be asleep, with his head on the back of his chair, and his moist hand, as it lay on his knee, made faint movements, as though trying to catch something.
When they think you are not looking they skip along pretty lively, but if you look and they fear there is no time to hide, they stand quite still, pretending to be flowers.
"It appears he was pretending to her that he had a taxi, or at least was willing to give her a lift home," Mr Mathieson said.
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They were accused of pretending to be in a position to secure Dr Ali Raza an ambassadorial post.
We were doing the thing that we were pretending to want to do; we were pretending to be the people we had been just a few hours before.
The 26-year-old, who Dyfed-Powys Police are not identifying, landed himself a criminal record after he was caught committing "personation" - pretending to be someone else.
There were also no medic and rescue workers, and no employees pretending to be hurt and dead during the drill.
Scammers go on to your Facebook account, take a copy of all your pictures and information then set up a clone account pretending to be you.
Court papers claim she repeatedly contacted Michael, his family and his friends while pretending to be a number of made up people that she pretended knew Stephanie.