From Proto-Italic *tenēō, stative from Proto-Indo-European *ten- (“to stretch, draw”), see also Ancient Greek τείνω (teínō), Persian تنیدن (tanidan, “to web”), Sanskrit तनोति (tanóti) and Old English þennan.
- I hold, have; grasp
- I possess, occupy, control
- I watch, guard, maintain, defend; retain, keep
- I reach, attain; gain, acquire, obtain
- I hold fast, restrain, detain, check, control; bind, fetter
- (reflexive) I keep back, remain, stay, hold position
- I know, grasp, understand, conceive
- I recollect, retain knowledge of, remember, bear in mind
- I insist, uphold
- (of laws) I am binding on; bind, hold, obligate
- I comprise, contain, include, hold
The supine form tentum occurs only in compound verbs.
- (have): habeō
- “teneo” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.