tenir

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Catalan[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Provençal tenir, from Vulgar Latin tenīre, from Latin tenēre, present active infinitive of teneō.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Standard) IPA(key): /təˈni/

Verb[edit]

tenir (first-person singular present tinc, past participle tingut)

  1. to have, possess
  2. to hold

Conjugation[edit]

Irregular, though similar to prendre. Present (except 1st singular) and imperfect formed with stem ten-, remainder with stem tin-.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French tenir, from Vulgar Latin *tenīre, from Latin tenēre, present active infinitive of teneō (hold, keep).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

tenir

  1. (transitive) to have; to hold
  2. (transitive) to keep
  3. (intransitive) to stay; to hold
  4. (reflexive, uncommon) to hold on
    Elle descend en se tenant aux racines. — She comes down using the roots for handles.
  5. (reflexive) to hold oneself, to be standing
    Il se tenait dans le coin. — He stood in the corner.
  6. (reflexive) to behave
    Tiens-toi bien.Behave yourself.
  7. (reflexive) to maintain, remain in a certain position or disposition
    Tiens-toi droit! — Keep yourself straight!
    Elle se tient immobile sur la corde raide. — She stays still on the tightrope.
  8. (reflexive, Quebec, slang) to hang out
    • 1975, Beau Dommage, "Le Vent d'la ville", Passagers, Capitol Record (ST-70.055 [V], 4XL56355 [K7], CDL-56355 [CD]):
      "J'me tenais dans l'ouest de la ville, ça me fait plus peur l'exil"
      I used to hang out in the west end; exile doesn't scare me anymore.

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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Ido[edit]

Verb[edit]

tenir

  1. past infinitive of tenar

Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Vulgar Latin *tenīre, from Latin tenēre, present active infinitive of teneō (hold, keep).

Verb[edit]

tenir

  1. to possess; to have
  2. to hold

Conjugation[edit]

  • Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.

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Old Provençal[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Vulgar Latin *tenīre, from Latin tenēre, present active infinitive of teneō (hold, keep).

Verb[edit]

tenir

  1. to possess; to have
  2. to hold

Descendants[edit]