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To Make As If

Definition of the verb to make as if

What does to make as if mean as a doing phrase?


  1. begin or appear to begin an action
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • more generic words: act / behave / do = behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior

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Google previewAn Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language (1808)

Illustrating the Words in Their Different Significations by Examples from Ancient and Modern Writers by John Jamieson

rich ge-laat-en, to make as if. Many view MoesG. liutei, guile, as the radical term. Ihre prefers Su.G. lat, later, manulers, behaviour. Lye explains the prov. term leeten praese ferre; and refers to A.S. lytig, astutus; MoesG. litutei, dolus; ( infa, hypocrita; adding that the lcelanders retain the root, in laet-a simulare. W. L. Alt. 2. To mention, or give a hint of, any thing. Nevir leet, make no mention of it, S.B. To let on, is now more generally used in the same sensc. (1.) To seem to observe any ...

Google previewComprehensive Dictionary of the World (1992)

To make as if, to show ; to appear ; to carry appearance. To make away with, to kill ; to destroy. To make for, to move towards ; to direct a course towards ; to tend to advantage ; to favour. To make against, to tend to injury. To make out, to succeed ; to have success at last. To make up, to approach. To make up for, to compensate ; to supply by an equivalent. To makeup with, to settle differences ; to become friends. 705 MAKE MAKE.

Google previewThe Imperial Dictionary, English, Technological, and Scientific (1871)

On the Basis of Webster's English Dictionary ... Also, a Supplement Containing an Extensive Collection of Words, Terms and Phrases in ... Literature, Science, and Art, Together with Numerous Obsolete, Obsolescent, and Scottish Words Not Included in Previous English Dictionaries by John Ogilvie

To make as if, to show; to appear; to carry appearance.

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