abstenen etymology

Middle English word abstenen comes from Latin teneo, Latin abs, and later Old French abstenir (To abstain from; to not participate in.)

Detailed word origin of abstenen

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
teneo Latin (lat) (of laws) I am binding on; bind, hold, obligate. (reflexive) I keep back, remain, stay, hold position. I comprise, contain, include, hold. I hold fast, restrain, detain, check, control; bind, fetter. I hold, have; grasp. I insist, uphold. I know, grasp, understand, conceive. I possess, occupy, control. I reach, attain; gain, acquire, obtain. I recollect, retain knowledge of, remember, bear [...]
abs Latin (lat)
abstineo Latin (lat) (with non) I allow (Example: Se ita dicere non abstinuit. "He allowed himself to speak so/in that way."). I abstain.. I keep, stay off or away, hold at a distance, avoid.
abstenir Old French (fro) To abstain from; to not participate in.
abstene Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as abstenen

Descendants of teneo
absteinen absteynen abstinent apperteinen contencion continuel rein retencioun retenue reyn reyne tente
Descendants of abs
absteine sconce sconse skonce