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EtymologyEdit

From entre +‎ tenir.

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VerbEdit

entretenir (first-person singular present entretinc, past participle entretingut)

  1. to delay, hold up
    Synonym: retenir
  2. to entertain
    Synonyms: divertir, distreure

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French entretenir, from Old French entretenir; equivalent to entre + tenir.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɑ̃.tʁə.t(ə).niʁ/
  • (file)

VerbEdit

entretenir

  1. (transitive) to maintain, to look after
  2. (transitive) to support (e.g a family)
  3. (transitive, figuratively) to fuel, to keep something going
  4. (reflexive) to have a discussion (with someone)
  5. (reflexive) to keep fit

ConjugationEdit

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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Middle FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French entretenir.

VerbEdit

entretenir

  1. (transitive) to maintain; to look after

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Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

entre + tenir.

VerbEdit

entretenir

  1. (reflexive, s'entretenir) to support one another

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