See also: preter and preter-

French

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Etymology

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Inherited from Middle French preter, prester, from Old French prester, from Latin praestāre. Cognate with Italian prestare, Norman prêter, Portuguese prestar, Romanian presta, Spanish prestar.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /pʁɛ.te/, /pʁe.te/
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Verb

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prêter

  1. (ditransitive, with the indirect object taking à) to lend
    Coordinate term: emprunter (to borrow)
    J’ai prêté ma télévision à Paul.I lent my television to Paul.
  2. (ditransitive, with the indirect object taking à) to attribute
    Elle lui prête des qualités qu’il n’a pas.She attributes qualities to him that he lacks.
  3. (takes a reflexive pronoun, transitive with à) to lend itself to
  4. (takes a reflexive pronoun, transitive with à) to go along with
    Il ne voulait pas se prêter à leurs manœuvres.He didn't want to go along (or have anything to do) with their schemes.
  5. (Louisiana) to borrow

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Norman

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Etymology

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From Old French prester, from Latin praestō, praestāre.

Verb

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prêter (gerund prêt'tie)

  1. (Jersey, transitive) to lend

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