pretender

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

pretend + -er

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Noun[edit]

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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.

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Galician[edit]

Verb[edit]

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

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

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Portuguese[edit]

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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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Spanish[edit]

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

  1. to pretend
    Juan pretendió estar muerto para evitar que el oso lo atacara.
    Juan pretended to be dead so the bear wouldn't attack him.
  2. to intend
    Juan pretende tener su casa propia en tres años.
    Juan intends to have his own house in three years.
  3. to woo, to court
    Juan pretende a Fernanda porque él siempre le lleva rosas y chocolates
    Juan courts Fernanda, so he always gives her roses and chocolates.

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  • 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.