entretenir

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Etymology[edit]

From entre +‎ tenir.

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entretenir (first-person singular present entretinc, past participle entretingut)

  1. to delay, hold up
    Synonym: retenir
  2. to entertain
    Synonyms: divertir, distreure

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French entretenir, from Old French entretenir; equivalent to entre + tenir.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɑ̃.tʁə.t(ə).niʁ/
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Verb[edit]

entretenir

  1. (transitive) to maintain, to look after
    Le Canada entretient une relation de premier plan avec les États-Unis, pays avec lequel il partage la plus longue frontière non défendue du monde.
    Canada maintains a high-profile relationship with the United States, a country with which it shares the longest undefended border in the world.
  2. (transitive) to support (e.g a family)
  3. (transitive, figuratively) to fuel, to keep something going
  4. (reflexive) to have a discussion (with someone)
  5. (reflexive) to keep fit

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. Such verbs are the only verbs whose the past historic and subjunctive imperfect endings do not start in one of these thematic vowels (-a-, -i-, -u-).

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French entretenir.

Verb[edit]

entretenir

  1. (transitive) to maintain; to look after

Descendants[edit]

  • English: entertain
  • French: entretenir

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

entre + tenir.

Verb[edit]

entretenir

  1. (reflexive, s'entretenir) to support one another

Conjugation[edit]

This verb conjugates as a third-group verb. This verb has a stressed present stem entretien distinct from the unstressed stem entreten, 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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