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tenant (ˈtɛnənt)
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]

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