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Denizione di  pretend - dizionario di inglese del sito grammaticainglese.org - definizione traduzione e spiegazione grammaticale

Definizione monolingua pretend



pretend (third-person singular simple present pretends, present participle pretending, simple past and past participle pretended)

  1. To claim, allege, especially when falsely or as a form of deliberate deception. [from 14th c.]
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, XVIII.23:
      ""After what past at Upton, so soon to engage in a new amour with another woman, while I fancied, and you pretended, your heart was bleeding for me!""
    • 2009, ""Vanity publishing"", The Economist, 13 Apr 2009:
      I HAVE nothing but contempt for people who hire ghost-writers. But at least most faux authors have the decency to pretend that they are sweating blood over ""their"" book.
  2. To feign, affect (a state, quality etc.). [from 15th c.]
    • 2007, The Guardian, 29 Oct 2007:
      Gap and other clothes manufacturers should stop using small subcontractors because they are difficult to control. Instead, they should open up their own fully-owned production facilities so that they cannot pretend ignorance when abuses are committed.
  3. To lay claim to (an ability, status, advantage etc.). [from 15th c.]
    • 1946, Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy, I.25:
      People observed the diversity of schools and the acerbity of their disputes, and decided that all alike were pretending to knowledge which was in fact unattainable.
  4. To make oneself appear to do or be doing something; to engage in make-believe.
    • 1814, Jane Austen, Mansfield Park:
      ""The truth is, Maam,"" said Mrs. Grant, pretending to whisper across the table to Mrs. Norris, ""that Dr. Grant hardly knows what the natural taste of our apricot is [...].""
    • 2003, Duncan Campbell, The Guardian, 23 Jan 2003:
      Luster claimed that the women had consented to sex and were only pretending to be asleep.

Definizione italiano>inglese pretend

  to act as though something is different from what it is
  Far credere quello che in realtà non è.
  To make believe what in reality is not.
fare finta
  Far credere quello che in realtà non è.
  To make believe what in reality is not.
aspirare a

Altri significati:

Traduzione 'veloce'

fingere |fare finta |aspirare a |dissimulare |fare |pretendere |simulare |

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