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British English: /prɪˈtɛnd/
American English: /prəˈtɛnd/

Translation of pretend in French:


  • [informal] [child language] (make-believe)
    (gun, car)
    faux/fausse (before n)
    it's only pretend!
    c'est pour rire!

transitive verb

  • 1 (feign)
    simuler (emotion, illness, ignorance)
    to pretend that …
    faire comme si …
    to pretend to do
    faire semblant de faire
    let's pretend (that) it never happened/we are cowboys
    faisons comme si cela n'était pas arrivé/nous étions des cowboys
    a thief pretending to be a policeman
    un voleur se faisant passer pour un policier
  • 2 (claim)to pretend to know/understand
    avoir la prétention de savoir/comprendre
    to pretend to be
    prétendre être

intransitive verb

  • 2 (maintain deception) after 40 years of marriage it is time to stop pretending
    après 40 ans de mariage il faut cesser de se jouer la comédie
    I was only pretending
  • 3 (claim)to pretend to
    prétendre à (throne)
    revendiquer son droit à (title, crown)

also: pretended past participle adjective

  • (emotion, ignorance, illness)
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