See also: detenir

French edit

Etymology edit

Inherited from Old French detenir, borrowed from Latin detinēre, and adapted to the conjugation of tenir.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /det.niʁ/, /dɛt.niʁ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iʁ

Verb edit


  1. (law) to detain
  2. to possess, to have, to hold

Conjugation edit

This is a verb in a group of -ir verbs. All verbs ending in -tenir, such as contenir and retenir, 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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