pretender

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pretend +‎ -er

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pretender (plural pretenders)

  1. A person who professes beliefs and opinions that they do not hold.
  2. A claimant to an abolished or already occupied throne.
    • 1844 January–December, W[illiam] M[akepeace] Thackeray, chapter I, in The Luck of Barry Lyndon; republished in Miscellanies: Prose and Verse (as The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq.), volume III, London: Bradbury and Evans, [], 1856, OCLC 769792815, page 3:
      I presume that there is no gentleman in Europe that has not heard of the house of Barry of Barryogue, of the kingdom of Ireland, than which a more famous name is not to be found in Gwillim or D’Hozier; and though, as a man of the world, I have learned to despise heartily the claims of some pretenders to high birth who have no more genealogy than the lacquey who cleans my boots, []

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GalicianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin praetendere, present active infinitive of praetendō.

VerbEdit

pretender (first-person singular present pretendo, first-person singular preterite pretendín, past participle pretendido)

  1. to pretend
  2. first/third-person singular future subjunctive of pretender
  3. first/third-person singular personal infinitive of pretender

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PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin praetendere, present active infinitive of praetendō.

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pretender (first-person singular present indicative pretendo, past participle pretendido)

  1. to want
  2. to pretend
  3. to intend
  4. to request
  5. to aspire

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Usage notesEdit

  • Pretender is a false friend, and does not mean pretend in the sense of to claim that or act as if something is different from what it actually is.

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SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin praetendere, present active infinitive of praetendō.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /pɾetenˈdeɾ/, [pɾe.t̪ẽn̪ˈd̪eɾ]

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pretender (first-person singular present pretendo, first-person singular preterite pretendí, past participle pretendido)

  1. to intend, to aim (for/to)
    Juan pretende tener su casa propia en tres años.
    Juan intends to have his own house in three years.
  2. to woo, to court
    Juan pretende a Fernanda porque él siempre le lleva rosas y chocolates
    Juan is courting Fernanda, so he always gives her roses and chocolates.
  3. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) to pretend (claim, allege)

Usage notesEdit

  • Pretender is a false friend, and does not mean pretend in the sense of to claim that or act as if something is different from what it actually is. The Spanish word for pretend in that sense is fingir.

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