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tenant

[ten-uh nt] /ˈtɛn ənt/
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
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
Related forms
tenantable, adjective
tenantless, adjective
tenantlike, adjective
nontenant, noun
nontenantable, adjective
untenantable, adjective
untenanted, adjective
Can be confused
tenant, tenet.
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Examples from the web for tenant
  • He was said to have never raised the rent or dispossessed a tenant for the inability to pay rent.
  • He had a bed in his old apartment, but only because it had been left behind by the previous tenant.
  • As the landlord, you have to find a quality tenant and take care of the unit.
  • The long-shuttered theater is getting a major tenant.
  • The decision changed the consequences for a tenant when a landlord withholds consent to sublet.
  • tenant's remedies for landlord's unlawful ouster, exclusion or diminution of service.
  • View civil dockets, including landlord-tenant cases, on-line.
  • The security deposit is monies paid by or for the tenant.
  • Enter the actual rent to the nearest dollar, including utilities, paid by the tenant at the time of activity completion.
  • The tenant in chief could not alienate without the license of the king.
British Dictionary definitions for tenant

tenant

/ˈtɛnənt/
noun
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
verb
4.
(transitive) to hold (land or property) as a tenant
5.
(rare) (intransitive) foll by in. to dwell
Derived Forms
tenantable, adjective
tenantless, adjective
tenant-like, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, literally: (one who is) holding, from tenir to hold, from Latin tenēre
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Word Origin and History for tenant
n.

early 14c., "person who holds lands by title or by lease," from Anglo-French tenaunt (late 13c.), Old French tenant (12c.), noun use of present participle of tenir "to hold," from Latin tenere "hold, keep" (see tenet).

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