pretend verb

ADV. otherwise You know what this is all about, Natasha. Why pretend otherwise?

VERB + PRETEND can/could no longer | try to | be dishonest to, be idle to, be ridiculous to, be useless to It's useless to pretend that we might still win.

PREP. to He pretended to his boss that he'd written the article.

PHRASES go on pretending I can't go on pretending any longer. | just/only pretending Maria knew he was only pretending. | let's pretend Let's pretend it never happened. | stop pretending, there's no point in pretending