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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:
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
يَدَّعي، يَتَظاهَر أنَّه يَشْعُر
předstírat
simulereforegive
gera sér upp, láta líta út fyrir
izliktiessimulēt
affekterelate som om
numara/yalandan yapmak

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 ?
The best composition and temperature, is to have openness in fame and opinion; secrecy in habit; dissimulation in seasonable use; and a power to feign, if there be no remedy.
And the third, simulation, in the affirmative; when a man industriously and expressly feigns and pretends to be, that he is not.
I wrecked thee, and to-day the compasses would feign have wrecked me.
Although Bellamy later admitted the intention to feign injury, he has always insisted he did not actually go through with it, despite Souness' testimony to the contrary.
THE Football Association has voted in favour of introducing retrospective bans for players who dive or feign injury from next season.
However, recent research suggests that some men do feign orgasm.
The longest breaks in the game nowadays are almost exclusively the result of dives, simulation and play-acting to feign injury.
The K Scale measures the subject's attitude towards the assessment; a high score (T [greater than or equal to] 65) indicates defensiveness whereas a low score (T < 40) detects subjects who feign emotional disorders (Graham, 2006).
Summary: Wales coach Warren Gatland says he considered asking a front-row forward to feign injury during their controversial World Cup semi-final defeat against France.
sweetpotato Ipomoea batatas, railroad vine Ipomoea pes-caprae, and blue morning glory Ipomoea indica) to the ground and feign death by becoming extremely rigid.
She likens acting to prostitution as they're paid to feign love and attraction - and we pay to watch it.
untrained in psychopathology, and who had never been involved in a traffic accident in which they had sustained physical or psychological injury, were asked to feign they had suffered psychological injury as a consequence of a MVA.