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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]


From Middle Low German, from the suffix be- and the verb fri ("to free, to set free"). Compare Swedish befria


befri (present tense befrir; present passive befris; past tense befridde; past participle befridd; present participle befriende; imperative befri)

  1. free, set free (make free), liberate, deliver
    En svær mengde samlet seg utenfor fengslet og befridde fangen.
    A huge crowd gathered outside the prison and freed/liberated the prisoner.
    Jeg har sett hvordan folket mitt blir mishandlet i Egypt, og har hørt klagen deres, og jeg har steget ned for å befri dem. (Acts of the Apostles, 7,34)
    I have seen how my people are mistreated in Egypt, heard their moans, and I have descended to deliver them.

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Usage notes[edit]

The suffix replaces the use of auxiliary words in certain situations, such as in the phrase gjøre fri, where be- replaces gjøre, but the word is essentially a synonym to the verb fri.