soutenir etymology

French word soutenir comes from Latin teneo, Latin subteneo, Latin sub- (Sub-.)

Detailed word origin of soutenir

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 [...]
subteneo Latin (lat)
sub- Latin (lat) Sub-.
sustineo Latin (lat) I hold or keep back or in, stay, check, restrain, control.. I hold up or upright, uphold, keep up, bear up, support, sustain, tolerate.. I keep back, put off, defer, delay.. I undergo, endure, deign, withstand, hold out.. I uphold, sustain, maintain, preserve; guard, protect.
*sustenīre Vulgar Latin (la-vul)
soustenir Old French (fro) To bear (suffering, a burden, punishment, etc.). To keep up; to sustain.
soubtenir Middle French (frm)
soutenir French (fra) (used with que) to maintain (that). To keep up. To support.

Words with the same origin as soutenir

Descendants of teneo
abstenir appartenir content continental continu continuer détenir détention entretenir lieutenant maintenir obtenir pertinent reine retenir rétention rétine soutien tenace tenant tenir tente ténacité ténor
Descendants of subteneo
soutenance souteneur soutien-gorge
Descendants of sub-
assumer secouer secours souffert souffler souffrance souffrir soulager soulever soupir source sourire souvenir subir substance suffisamment suffisant suggestion suggérer sujet supplier supprimer suspect