pretend etymology

English word pretend comes from Latin tendo, Latin prae- (Before; in front. In charge.)

Detailed word origin of pretend

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
tendo Latin (lat) I pitch (a tent).. I proceed.. I stretch, stretch out, distend, extend.. I strive for; I reach for.
prae- Latin (lat) Before; in front. In charge.
praetendere Latin (lat)
pretendre Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) To claim.
pretendre Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) (frm) To claim.
pretendre Anglo-Norman (xno)
pretend English (eng) Not really what it is represented as being; imaginary, feigned. (transitive, obsolete) To hold before one; to extend.. (transitive, obsolete) To hold before, or put forward, as a cloak or disguise for something else; to exhibit as a veil for something hidden.. (transitive, obsolete) To intend; to design, to plot; to attempt.. To claim, to allege, especially when falsely or as a form of [...]

Words with the same origin as pretend

Descendants of tendo
attend attendance attention attentive bartender content extend extension extensive extent intend intense intensity intensive intention intentional pretentious tend tender tense tension tent tenure
Descendants of prae-
depending preach preacher precise precision predict predictable prefer prepare president presumably presume prevent previous price prison prisoner prize rendezvous rent rental surprise surrender vicar