maintenir

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French maintenir, from Vulgar Latin, Late Latin manūteneō, manūtenēre ‎(I support), from Latin manū ‎(with the hand) + teneō ‎(I hold). Equivalent to main +‎ tenir. Compare Spanish mantener, Portuguese manter, Italian mantenere.

Verb[edit]

maintenir

  1. to maintain
  2. to stick to
  3. (reflexive, se maintenir, of the weather) to stay fair
  4. (reflexive, se maintenir) to persist
  5. (reflexive, se maintenir) to keep up

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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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

main +‎ tenir, calque of Latin manus teneō or from Vulgar Latin, Late Latin manūteneō, manūtenēre ‎(I support).

Verb[edit]

maintenir

  1. to maintain (to keep the same)

Conjugation[edit]

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