attenir

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Vulgar Latin *attenire, from Latin attinere (or borrowed directly from this word and adapted in conjugation to tenir), but modern uses are likely back-formations from the more current adjective attenant.

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Verb[edit]

attenir

  1. (archaic, inanimate, intransitive) to border; be next to; abut
    • 1956, Bernard Tourville & Evelyn Colomb (translators), Arthur Conan Doyle (author), “La Ligue des Rouquins”:
      En me promenant dans le coin, je constatai que la banque de la City et de la Banlieue attenait à la maison de Jabez Wilson.
      I walked round the corner, saw the City and Suburban Bank abutted on our friend's premises. Original English: Arthur Conan Doyle, “The Red-headed League” (short story), in The Strand Magazine, 1891 August.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The object is introduced by the preposition à.

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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