pretend (v.)
claim, avow, profess
3H6 IV.vii.57[Montgomery to Edward] Why shall we fight, if you pretend no title?
Cym II.iii.112[Cloten to Innogen, of Posthumus] The contract you pretend with that base wretch
Cym V.v.250[Cornelius to Cymbeline, of the Queen] still pretending / The satisfaction of her knowledge only / In killing creatures vile
MM III.i.228[disguised Duke to Isabella, of Angelo and Mariana] pretending in her [ to have found] discoveries of dishonour
Tit I.i.45[Marcus to Saturninus and Bassianus, of the Capitol and Senate] Whom you pretend to honour and adore
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