tenir

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Provençal tenir, from Vulgar Latin tenīre, from Latin tenēre, present active infinitive of teneō.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (standard) IPA(key): /təˈni/

Verb[edit]

tenir (first-person singular present tinc, past participle tingut)

  1. to have, possess
  2. to hold

Conjugation[edit]

Irregular, though similar to prendre. Present (except 1st singular) and imperfect formed with stem ten-, remainder with stem tin-.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French tenir, from Vulgar Latin *tenīre, from Latin tenēre, present active infinitive of teneō (hold, keep).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

tenir

  1. (transitive) to have; to hold
  2. (transitive) to keep
  3. (intransitive) to stay; to hold
  4. (reflexive, uncommon) to hold on
    Elle descend en se tenant aux racines. ― She comes down using the roots for handles.
  5. (reflexive) to hold oneself, to be standing
    Il se tenait dans le coin. ― He stood in the corner.
  6. (reflexive) to behave
    Tiens-toi bien.Behave yourself.
  7. (reflexive) to maintain, remain in a certain position or disposition
    Tiens-toi droit! ― Keep yourself straight!
    Elle se tient immobile sur la corde raide. ― She stays still on the tightrope.
  8. (reflexive, Quebec, slang) to hang out
    • 1975, Beau Dommage, "Le Vent d'la ville", Passagers, Capitol Record (ST-70.055 [V], 4XL56355 [K7], CDL-56355 [CD]):
      "J'me tenais dans l'ouest de la ville, ça me fait plus peur l'exil"
      I used to hang out in the west end; exile doesn't scare me anymore.

Conjugation[edit]

  • This is a verb in a group of -ir verbs. All verbs ending in -tenir, such as contenir and détenir, are conjugated this way.

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Ido[edit]

Verb[edit]

tenir

  1. past infinitive of tenar

Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Vulgar Latin *tenīre, from Latin tenēre, present active infinitive of teneō (hold, keep).

Verb[edit]

tenir

  1. to possess; to have
  2. to hold

Conjugation[edit]

This verb conjugates as a third-group verb. This verb has a stressed present stem tien distinct from the unstressed stem ten, as well as other irregularities. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.

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Old Provençal[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Vulgar Latin *tenīre, from Latin tenēre, present active infinitive of teneō (hold, keep).

Verb[edit]

tenir

  1. to possess; to have
  2. to hold

Descendants[edit]