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Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *stati, from Proto-Indo-European *steh₂-.


стать (statʹpf (imperfective станови́ться)

  1. (with imperfective infinitive) to begin to
  2. (with imperfective infinitive) to come to pass
    Он стал писа́ть. — He began to write.
  3. (with imperfective infinitive) to take to
    Он стал пить. — He took to drinking.
  4. (in negative, with imperfective infinitive) to be not going to; used to express a determined negative attitude
    Я не ста́ну э́того де́лать. — I’m not going to do it.
  5. (impersonal construction) to pass away
    Его́ не ста́ло. — He has passed away.
  6. (impersonal construction) at all costs
    во что бы то ни ста́ло — at all costs
  7. (impersonal construction) therefore
    ста́ло быть — therefore; consequently; and so
  8. (with instrumental case) to become, to get, to grow
    Он стал лётчиком. — He became a pilot.
    Он стал седы́м. — He became grey.
    Я стал учи́телем. — I became a teacher.
    Всем ста́ло ску́чно. — Everyone was bored.
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Etymology 2[edit]


стать (statʹf inan (genitive ста́ти, nominative plural ста́ти)

  1. build
  2. trait, character, type
    Она ему́ под стать. — She is a match for him.
  3. need
    С како́й ста́ти? (colloquial) — Why should I/you/he/she/it/we/they? For what reason?; why?

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