pretension Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “pretension” - English Dictionary

"pretension" in American English

See all translations

pretensionnoun [C/U]

us   /prɪˈten·ʃən/
the appearance of being more important or more serious than there is reason for: [U] Leonard’s paintings have a real freedom from pretension.
A pretension is also a claim or belief that you can succeed or that you are important or have serious value: [C usually pl] He has no pretensions for higher office.
(Definition of pretension from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"pretension" in British English

See all translations

pretensionnoun

uk   /prɪˈten.ʃən/ us   /prɪˈten.ʃən/
(Definition of pretension from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of pretension?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “pretension”

Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
by ,
May 25, 2016
by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

Read More 

Word of the Day

sunburned

Sunburned skin has become red and sore by being in the strong heat of the sun for too long, or is very suntanned.

Word of the Day

convo noun
convo noun
May 23, 2016
informal a conversation The convo around concussions mostly focuses on guys who play football, but Chastain thinks that this whole thing could be a headache for women too.

Read More