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Etymology

to pretend + -er

Noun

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Singular
pretender

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  1. A person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold.
  2. A claimant to an abolished or already occupied throne.

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Galician

Verb

pretender (first-person sg present pretendo, first-person sg 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.

Conjugation


Spanish

Verb

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 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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Usage notes

  • Pretender is a false friend, and does not mean "to pretend" as of the second and third definition . The word for "to pretend" in Spanish is fingir.

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