Pretender Pre*tend"er, n. 1. One who lays claim, or asserts a title (to something); a claimant. Specifically, The pretender (Eng. Hist.), the son or the grandson of James II., the heir of the royal family of Stuart, who laid claim to the throne of Great Britain, from which the house was excluded by law. [1913 Webster]

It is the shallow, unimproved intellects that are the confident pretenders to certainty. --Glanvill. [1913 Webster]

2. One who pretends, simulates, or feigns. [1913 Webster]

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  • pretender — [prē ten′dər, priten′dər] n. 1. a person who pretends 2. a claimant to a throne 3. an aspirant 4. [P ] in English history, the son or the grandson of James II: see OLD PRETENDER, YOUNG PRETENDER …   English World dictionary

  • pretender — Se conjuga como: temer Infinitivo: Gerundio: Participio: pretender pretendiendo pretendido     Indicativo   presente imperfecto pretérito futuro condicional yo tú él, ella, Ud. nosotros vosotros ellos, ellas, Uds. pretendo pretendes pretende… …   Wordreference Spanish Conjugations Dictionary

  • pretender — index fake, pedant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • pretender — |ê| v. tr. 1. Reclamar (alguma coisa) como um direito. 2. Solicitar; requerer. 3. Desejar, querer; apetecer. 4. Exigir. 5. Intentar, diligenciar. 6. Afirmar, sustentar ou asseverar (sem fundamento). • v. intr. 7. Empregar diligências, tratar de.… …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • pretender — (Del lat. praetendĕre). 1. tr. Querer ser o conseguir algo. 2. Hacer diligencias para conseguir algo. 3. Dicho de una persona: Cortejar a otra …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • pretender — ► NOUN ▪ a person who claims or aspires to a title or position …   English terms dictionary

  • Pretender — A pretender is a claimant to an abolished throne or to a throne already occupied by somebody else. The English word comes from the French word prétendre , meaning to put forward, to profess or claim . The term pretender is also applied to those… …   Wikipedia

  • Pretender — Seriendaten Deutscher Titel Pretender Originaltitel The Pretender Produkti …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • pretender — n. a pretender to (a pretender to a throne) * * * [prɪ tendə] a pretender to (a pretender to a throne) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • pretender — (Del lat. praetendere, tender por delante.) ► verbo transitivo 1 Desear hacer o conseguir una cosa: ■ pretende comprarse ese abrigo tan caro. IRREG. participio .tb: pretenso SINÓNIMO procurar 2 Intentar aparentar una cosa que no es verdad: ■ …   Enciclopedia Universal

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