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Meaning of tenant

ten•ant

Pronunciation: (ten'unt), [key]
— n.
  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. 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.
—v.t.
  1. to hold or occupy as a tenant; dwell in; inhabit.
—v.i.
  1. to dwell or live (usually fol. by in).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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