- Rhymes: -ɛndə(ɹ)
pretender (plural pretenders)
- A person who professes beliefs and opinions that they do not hold.
- 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, […]
person who professes beliefs and opinions that they do not hold
claimant to a throne
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- to pretend
- first/third-person singular future subjunctive of
- first/third-person singular personal infinitive of
Conjugation of pretender
Conjugation of the Portuguese -er verb pretender
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- (Can we verify(+) this sense?) to pretend (claim, allege)
- 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.
Conjugation of pretender (See Appendix:Spanish verbs)
Selected combined forms of pretender
These forms are generated automatically and may not actually be used. Pronoun usage varies by region.