feign

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
feign /feɪn/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]

    to pretend;
    put on an appearance of:to feign sickness.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
feign  (fān), 
v.t. 
  1. to represent fictitiously;
    put on an appearance of:to feign sickness.
  2. to invent fictitiously or deceptively, as a story or an excuse.
  3. to imitate deceptively:to feign another's voice.

v.i. 
  • to make believe; pretend:She's only feigning, she isn't really ill.
  • Etymology:
    • Latin fingere to shape, invent, feign
    • Old French feign-, present stem of feindre
    • Middle English fei(g)nen 1250–1300
    feigner, n. 
    feigning•ly, adv. 
    4 . See pretend. 

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    feign /feɪn/ vb
    1. to put on a show of (a quality or emotion); pretend: to feign innocence
    2. (transitive) to make up; invent: to feign an excuse
    3. (transitive) to copy; imitate
    Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French feindre to pretend, from Latin fingere to form, shape, invent

    ˈfeigningly adv



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