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Old French[edit]

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From Vulgar Latin *attangere, from Latin attingere, present active infinitive of attingō



  1. to reach
    • circa 1170, Wace, Le Roman de Rou (in Old French):
      S'il vos poent ataindre, ja vos areient tué.
      If they could range you, they would have already killed you.
    • 1377, Bernard de Gordon, Fleur de lis de medecine (a.k.a. lilium medicine) (in Old French), page 163 of this essay:
      toutes choses qui ataine le corps
      everything that reaches the body.


This verb conjugates as a third-group verb. This verb ends in a palatal stem, so there is an extra i before the e of some endings. This verb has irregularities in its conjugation. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.