bedelen

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch bedelen, from Old Dutch *bedalon, a frequentative of bidden (modern Dutch bidden). Cognate with German betteln.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbeːdələ(n)/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: be‧de‧len.

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bedelen (past singular bedelde, past participle gebedeld)

  1. (intransitive) To beg for alms or handouts
    Verboden te bedelen!
    No begging allowed!
  2. (transitive) To beg for; earn by begging
    Hij bedelde net genoeg voor een karig maal
    He begged just enough for a meager meal
  3. (obsolete, intransitive) To (say) pray(ers)
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Etymology 2[edit]

From be- +‎ delen (to divide, to share).

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bəˈdeːlə(n)/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: be‧de‧len

Verb[edit]

bedelen (past singular bedeelde, past participle bedeeld)

  1. (transitive) To assign, attribute, impart (to someone); (with 'met' and a object) to endow with ...
    Zijn genen bedeelden hem met een scherp verstand, zijn afstamming bedeelde hem niettemin met slavernij
    His genes endowed him with a sharp wit, his descent nevertheless stuck him with slavery
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To divide, portion
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(all have an obsolete spelling with bedeel- instead of bedel-)

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