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Pronunciation: /ʀətniʀ/, /ʀtəniʀ/

Translation of retenir in English:

verbe transitif

also: se retenir verbe pronominal

  • 1 (se rattraper)
    to stop oneself
    se retenir à quelque chose
    to hang on to something
    j'ai essayé de me retenir dans ma chute
    I tried to stop myself from falling
  • 2 (réprimer une envie psychique)
    to stop oneself
    se retenir de faire
    to stop oneself from doing
    se retenir de pleurer/rire
    to try not to cry/laugh
    je n'ai pas pu me retenir de pleurer
    I couldn't hold back the tears
    il ne put se retenir de rire
    he couldn't help laughing
    je me suis retenu de leur dire ce que je pensais
    I refrained from telling them what I thought
    j'ai dû me retenir pour ne pas la gifler
    it was all I could do not to slap her
  • 3 [familier] (réprimer un besoin physiologique)
    to control oneself
    retiens-toi, nous sommes presque arrivés ne le gronde pas, il n'a pas pu se retenir
    don't scold him, he couldn't help it
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