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maintenir

maintenir

French

Verb

maintenir

  1. to maintain
  2. to stick to
  3. (reflexive, se maintenir, of the weather) to stay fair
  4. (reflexive, se maintenir) to persist
  5. (reflexive, se maintenir) to keep up

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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Old French

Etymology

main + tenir, calque of Latin manus teneō or from Vulgar Latin, Late Latin manūteneō, manūtenēre (I support).

Verb

maintenir

  1. to maintain (to keep the same)

Conjugation

This verb conjugates as a third-group verb. This verb has a stressed present stem maintien distinct from the unstressed stem mainten, as well as other irregularities. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.

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