pretendere

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From Latin praetendere, present active infinitive of praetendō.

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pretendere

  1. (transitive) (also with [di + inf.] or [che + subj.]) to claim on the basis of a right; to feel entitled (to); to expect; to demand
    Synonyms: volere, esigere, reclamare, rivendicare, desiderare, ridomandare, richiedere, imporre
    • 2013, F. Scott Fitzgerald; Ferruccio Russo, transl., Il Grande Gatsby [The Great Gatsby], Edizioni Scientifiche e Artistiche, page 202:
      Erano tipi sbadati, Tom e Daisy – sfracellavano cose e persone per poi si ritiravano nella loro ricchezza o nella loro sbadataggine o qualsiasi altra cosa li tenesse insieme e pretendevano che altri rimediassero ai disastri che avevano lasciato in giro…
      They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made…
      (literally, “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed things and people to then retreat into their richness or into their carelessness or whatever other thing kept them together and they felt entitled to have others remedy the disasters they had left lying around…”)
    da voi pretendo rispettoI expect respect from you
    pretendo di essere risarcito
    I demand being compensated
  2. (transitive) to expect or demand (an excessive or unreasonable performance, price, etc.)
    Synonyms: volere, esigere, ridomandare, richiedere, imporre
    il datore di lavoro pretende troppo dagli impiegati
    the employer expects too much from the employees
  3. (transitive) (also with che + subj.) to assert mistakenly
    Synonyms: sostenere, asserire
    gli avversari di Galileo pretendevano che il Sole girasse intorno alla Terra
    Galileo's opponents mistakenly asserted that the sun turned around the Earth
  4. (transitive) (with di + inf.) to claim reasoning or merits not recognized by others
    pretende di avere sempre ragione
    he claims to always be right
  5. (transitive) (with di + inf.) to claim a skill that one does not possess
    pretende di correre i cento metri in dieci secondi
    he claims to be able to run the hundred meters in ten seconds
  6. (transitive with a) to aspire (to)
    Synonyms: aspirare, ambire
    pretendere alla coronato aspire to the crown

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