pretend (v.)
intend, design, plan
1H6 IV.i.6[Gloucester to Governor of Paris, of Henry] Esteem ... none your foes but such as shall pretend / Malicious practices against his state
Luc.576[Lucrece to Tarquin] Reward not hospitality / With such black payment as thou hast pretended
Mac II.iv.24.1[Ross to Macduff, of the King's attendants] What good could they pretend?
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