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
Burning or cutting untenanted or unfinished buildings.
The larger the building the surer it is to be utterly untenanted.
The neighborhood caught up the story, and the house remained untenanted for three years.
He found that the structures were, with few exceptions, built of slabs and that they were mostly untenanted and left to decay.
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