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Abstain(v) • Contain(v.) • Detain(v.) • Detention(n.) • Extend(v.) • Patent (n.) • Retainer(n.) • Tenant(n.) • Tendon(n.) • Tentative (adj.)
Abstain(v) • To hold back from an activity by choice • To hold back from voting Lucy had to abstain from voting because her mother was one of the candidates.
Contain(v.) • To hold • To have within The movie was so funny that it was difficult for Jake to contain his laughter.
Detain(v.) • To hold back • To delay • To keep from proceeding The passenger was detained from boarding the airplane for safety reasons.
Detention(n.) • A period of time in which someone is held back • A form of punishment by holding someone after school hours When Carl had forgotten his homework for two days he received a detention.
Extend(v.) • To hold out • To unbend • To stretch or spread out • To offer Tori extended her arm to the new classmate.
Patent (n.) • Legal ownership of an invention held by the creator • Exclusive rights or ownership The inventor of the robotic mop filed for a U.S. patent.
Retainer (n.) • Something that holds something else in • A device that holds something in After having her braces removed, Abigail worn a retainer every night to keep her teeth straight.
Tenant (n.) • A holder of land rights • A person who holds the right to live in a residence • An occupant The owner of the apartment building was looking for a tenant for the vacant apartment.
Tendon(n.) • A band of tough fibrous tissue that holds muscle to a bone John had his arm in a cast because he had torn his tendon.
Tentative(v.) • Holding back on the final decision • Hesitant • Not fully agreed upon Tim and Troy had tentative plans to dine at the new restaurant.