handhaven

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German hanthaben, itself a calque from French maintenir. Likely based also on Middle Dutch handhave (handle).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

handhaven (past singular handhaafde, past participle gehandhaafd)

  1. to maintain
  2. to persevere

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