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feign

 (fān)
v. feigned, feign·ing, feigns
v.tr.
1.
a. To give a false appearance of: feign sleep.
b. To represent falsely; pretend to: feign authorship of a novel.
2. To imitate so as to deceive: feign another's voice.
3. To fabricate: feigned an excuse.
4. Archaic To invent or imagine.
v.intr.
To pretend; dissemble.

[Middle English feinen, from Old French feindre, from Latin fingere, to shape, form; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots.]

feign

(feɪn)
vb
1. to put on a show of (a quality or emotion); pretend: to feign innocence.
2. (tr) to make up; invent: to feign an excuse.
3. (tr) to copy; imitate: to feign someone's laugh.
[C13: from Old French feindre to pretend, from Latin fingere to form, shape, invent]
ˈfeigner n
ˈfeigningly adv

feign

(feɪn)

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.
4. to make believe; pretend: He is only feigning.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin fingere to shape]
feign′er, n.
feign′ing•ly, adv.
syn: See pretend.

feign


Past participle: feigned
Gerund: feigning

Imperative
feign
feign
Present
I feign
you feign
he/she/it feigns
we feign
you feign
they feign
Preterite
I feigned
you feigned
he/she/it feigned
we feigned
you feigned
they feigned
Present Continuous
I am feigning
you are feigning
he/she/it is feigning
we are feigning
you are feigning
they are feigning
Present Perfect
I have feigned
you have feigned
he/she/it has feigned
we have feigned
you have feigned
they have feigned
Past Continuous
I was feigning
you were feigning
he/she/it was feigning
we were feigning
you were feigning
they were feigning
Past Perfect
I had feigned
you had feigned
he/she/it had feigned
we had feigned
you had feigned
they had feigned
Future
I will feign
you will feign
he/she/it will feign
we will feign
you will feign
they will feign
Future Perfect
I will have feigned
you will have feigned
he/she/it will have feigned
we will have feigned
you will have feigned
they will have feigned
Future Continuous
I will be feigning
you will be feigning
he/she/it will be feigning
we will be feigning
you will be feigning
they will be feigning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been feigning
you have been feigning
he/she/it has been feigning
we have been feigning
you have been feigning
they have been feigning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been feigning
you will have been feigning
he/she/it will have been feigning
we will have been feigning
you will have been feigning
they will have been feigning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been feigning
you had been feigning
he/she/it had been feigning
we had been feigning
you had been feigning
they had been feigning
Conditional
I would feign
you would feign
he/she/it would feign
we would feign
you would feign
they would feign
Past Conditional
I would have feigned
you would have feigned
he/she/it would have feigned
we would have feigned
you would have feigned
they would have feigned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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Verb1.feign - make believe with the intent to deceive; "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"
misrepresent, belie - represent falsely; "This statement misrepresents my intentions"
make believe, pretend, make - represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like; "She makes like an actress"
play possum - to pretend to be dead
take a dive - pretend to be knocked out, as of a boxer
bullshit, talk through one's hat, bull, fake - speak insincerely or without regard for facts or truths; "The politician was not well prepared for the debate and faked it"
mouth - articulate silently; form words with the lips only; "She mouthed a swear word"
2.feign - make a pretence of; "She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger"; "he feigned sleep"
pretend, dissemble, act - behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She's just acting"
play - pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity; "Let's play like I am mommy"; "Play cowboy and Indians"
feint - deceive by a mock action; "The midfielder feinted to shoot"

feign

verb pretend, affect, assume, put on, devise, forge, fake, imitate, simulate, sham, act, fabricate, counterfeit, give the appearance of, dissemble, make a show of You can't feign interest in something you loathe.

feign

verb
1. To take on or give a false appearance of:
Idiom: make believe.
2. To behave affectedly or insincerely or take on a false or misleading appearance of:
3. To contrive and present as genuine:
4. To claim or allege insincerely or falsely:
Translations

feign

[feɪn] VT [+ surprise, indifference] → fingir
to feign madness/sleep/deathfingirse loco/dormido/muerto
to feign not to knowfingir no saber

feign

[ˈfeɪn] vt [+ illness, interest, indifference] → feindre, simuler

feign

vtvortäuschen; friendship, interest, sympathy, feelings alsoheucheln; to feign illness/madnesssimulieren, sich krank/verrückt stellen; to feign sleep/deathsich schlafend/tot stellen

feign

[feɪn] vt (liter) → fingere, simulare

feign

(fein) verb
to pretend to feel. He feigned illness.
feigned adjective
pretended. feigned happiness.
References in classic literature ?
She was often defeated in her purpose, by encountering their watchful eyes, when it became necessary to feign an alarm she did not feel, and occupy the limb by some gesture of feminine apprehension.
To see her, without a convulsion of her small pink face, not even feign to glance in the direction of the prodigy I announced, but only, instead of that, turn at ME an expression of hard, still gravity, an expression absolutely new and unprecedented and that appeared to read and accuse and judge me-- this was a stroke that somehow converted the little girl herself into the very presence that could make me quail.
I wrecked thee, and to-day the compasses would feign have wrecked me.
growled Scrooge, in his accustomed voice, as near as he could feign it.
A certain mysterious feeling, consequent on the darkness, the secrecy of the revel, and the whisper in which everything was said, steals over me again, and I listen to all they tell me with a vague feeling of solemnity and awe, which makes me glad that they are all so near, and frightens me (though I feign to laugh) when Traddles pretends to see a ghost in the corner.
Next day, I had the meanness to feign that I was under a binding promise to go down to Joe; but I was capable of almost any meanness towards Joe or his name.
I weigh not these evils,'' said Rebecca, afraid to provoke the wild knight, yet equally determined neither to endure his passion, nor even feign to endure it.
The chevalier could call up a languishing look, he could take on a classic attitude to feign compassion, which made him a most valuable listener; he could put in an "Ah
Amongst our lowest orders, the vocal organs are developed to a degree more than correspondent with those of hearing, so that an Isosceles can easily feign the voice of a Polygon, and, with some training, that of a Circle himself.
Meriem decided that she would feign slumber and play a joke on Korak.
He particularly remembered an old fellow who used to sit upon a cracker box in front of the store and feign to despise such exhibitions.
I grow angry and I curse them, and they feign penitence, but behind my back I know they call me a toothless old ape.