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Definition of feign verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

feign

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//feɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//feɪn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they feign
BrE BrE//feɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//feɪn//
 
he / she / it feigns
BrE BrE//feɪnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//feɪnz//
 
past simple feigned
BrE BrE//feɪnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//feɪnd//
 
past participle feigned
BrE BrE//feɪnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//feɪnd//
 
-ing form feigning
BrE BrE//ˈfeɪnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeɪnɪŋ//
 
 
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feign something | feign to do something (formal) to pretend that you have a particular feeling or that you are ill/sick, tired, etc. He survived the massacre by feigning death. ‘Who cares?’ said Alex, feigning indifference. ‘A present for me?’ she asked with feigned surprise. She feigned sleep to avoid having to answer. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French feign-, stem of feindre, from Latin fingere ‘mould, contrive’. Senses in Middle English (taken from Latin) included ‘make something’, ‘invent a story, excuse, or allegation’, hence ‘make a pretence of a feeling or response’. Compare with fiction and figment.
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