tenant

[ten-uhnt]
noun
1.
a person or group that rents and occupies land, a house, an office, or the like, from another for a period of time; lessee.
2.
Law. a person who holds or possesses for a time lands, tenements, or personalty of another, usually for rent.
3.
an occupant or inhabitant of any place.
verb (used with object)
4.
to hold or occupy as a tenant; dwell in; inhabit.
verb (used without object)
5.
to dwell or live (usually followed by in ).

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English tena(u)nt < Anglo-French; Middle French tenant, noun use of present participle of tenir to hold ≪ Latin tenēre. See -ant

tenantable, adjective
tenantless, adjective
tenantlike, adjective
nontenant, noun
nontenantable, adjective
untenantable, adjective
untenanted, adjective

tenant, tenet.
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tenant (ˈtɛnənt)
 
n
1.  a person who holds, occupies, or possesses land or property by any kind of right or title, esp from a landlord under a lease
2.  a person who has the use of a house, flat, etc, subject to the payment of rent
3.  any holder or occupant
 
vb (foll by in)
4.  (tr) to hold (land or property) as a tenant
5.  rare to dwell
 
[C14: from Old French, literally: (one who is) holding, from tenir to hold, from Latin tenēre]
 
'tenantable
 
adj
 
'tenantless
 
adj
 
'tenant-like
 
adj

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tenant
early 14c., "person who holds lands by title or by lease," from Anglo-Fr. tenaunt (late 13c.), O.Fr. tenant (12c.), noun use of prp. of tenir "to hold," from L. tenere "hold, keep" (see tenet).
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Example sentences
With the number of these tenants frozen, the economics of building low-cost
  housing falls apart.
They also co-owned, in tenants in common, a timeshare.
Partly because tenants will pay more for a boardroom with a view.
There's a complex interaction among tenants and visitors, the physical plant
  and the services, as well as the location.
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