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retenir

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French

Etymology

Vulgar Latin *retenīre, from classical Latin retinere, from re- + tenēre.

Pronunciation

Verb

retenir

  1. (transitive) to hold back, rein in
  2. (transitive) to keep, detain, hold up
  3. (transitive) to retain, hold
  4. (reflexive) to restrain oneself, hold back

Conjugation

  • 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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