Feign - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |feɪn|  American pronunciation of the word feign
Brit.  |feɪn|  British pronunciation of the word feign

verb

- make believe with the intent to deceive(syn: affect, dissemble, pretend, sham)

He feigned that he was ill

- make a pretence of(syn: assume, sham, simulate)

he feigned sleep

Examples

...I would never feign illness just to get out of a test....

Success keeps her busy. “Relaxation?" she asks, feigning puzzlement. “What's that?"

He feigned that he was sick.

Feigning a headache, I went upstairs to my room.

He feigned that he was ill

...you may feign innocence, but I know that that last remark was an intended dig...

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: feign
he/she/it: feigns
present participle: feigning
past tense: feigned
past participle: feigned
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