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Principal Translations/Traduzioni principali
pretend (to do [sth]) viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (act like)fingere, fare finta vtr
 He pretended to eat her ice cream.
 Ha finto di mangiarle il gelato.
pretend viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (act, feign) (non fare sul serio)fingere, fare finta vtr
 I was just pretending. I'm not really going to eat your ice cream.
 Stavo solo fingendo. Non mangerò davvero il tuo gelato.
pretend (to do [sth]) viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (imagine, playact)immaginare vtr
  fare finta, fingere vtr
 She pretended to be a princess.
 Immaginava di essere una principessa.
pretend not to (do [sth]) vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (dissimulate)fare finta di non, fingere di non vtr
 She pretended not to hear him when he said that he loved her.
 Ha fatto finta di non sentirlo quando lui le ha detto che l'amava.
pretend adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (not real)finto agg
  falso, fasullo agg
 The students used pretend money to practice shopping.
 Gli scolari hanno usato denaro finto per esercitarsi a fare la spesa.
pretend nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. US (playacting)simulazione nf
 The girls were playing pretend with their mother's old clothes.
 
Additional Translations
pretend to [sth] vi + prep archaic (claim)aspirare a vi
 The young duke pretended to the Throne.
 Il giovane duca aspirava al trono.
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Compound Forms/Forme composte
pretend to be fingere di essere
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