des

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Article[edit]

des (genitive definite)

  1. (archaic) genitive singular masculine of de; of the
  2. (archaic) genitive singular neuter of het; of the

Synonyms[edit]

Declension[edit]

Dutch definite article
Masculine Feminine Neuter Plural
Nominative de de het de
Genitive des der des der
Dative den der den den
Accusative den de het de


Usage notes[edit]

Note that normally only the nominative is used. The other forms are archaic, but survive in numerous idiomatic expressions

Conjunction[edit]

des

  1. the ... the (used as an intensifier to indicate the degree of an action)
    Des te vaker de mensen Willem de rug toekeren des te beter! — The more often people turn their back at Willem the better!

Esperanto[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German desto, Swedish desto.

Particle[edit]

des

  1. the; used with ju and either pli (more) or malpli (less) to form the second half of a coordinated comparative.
    • 1903, Ben Elmy, “La Lingvo de la floroj”, in The Esperantist: The Esperanto Gazette for the Spreading of the International Language, page 138,
      Ju pli ni studas la florojn, des pli ni konstatas, ke multe da ili posedas nesuspektitajn lertecojn, kiujn apud besto ni volonte nomus instinkto au еĉ prudento.
      “The more we study the flowers, the more we establish that many of them possess unexpected abilities, which in an animal we would willingly call instinct or even foresight.”

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Finnish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

des

  1. (music) D-flat

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The use as an article is a special case of the contraction.

Article[edit]

des m pl, f pl

  1. plural form of un; some; the plural indefinite article.
  2. plural form of une; some; the plural indefinite article.
  3. plural form of du; some; the plural partitive article.
  4. plural form of de la; some; the plural partitive article.
  5. plural form of de l'; some; the plural partitive article.

Contraction[edit]

des

  1. Contraction of de + les (of the, from the, some).

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German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /dəs/ (generally)
  • IPA(key): /dɛs/ (when stressed, which is rare)
  • (file)

Article[edit]

des (definite, genitive singular)

  1. the; genitive singular masculine of der
  2. the; genitive singular neuter of der

Declension[edit]

German definite articles
Masculine Feminine Neuter Plural
Nominative der die das die
Genitive des der des der
Dative dem der dem den
Accusative den die das die



Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

dēs

  1. second-person singular present active subjunctive of

Lojban[edit]

Rafsi[edit]

des

  1. rafsi of desku.

Old Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin (of) + ēx (out of).

Pronunciation[edit]

Preposition[edit]

des

  1. since (from a time)

Descendants[edit]

From des + de:


Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin dēnsus (dense; frequent).

Adjective[edit]

des

  1. frequent, often
  2. abundant, copious
  3. dense, thick

Antonyms[edit]

  • (frequent): rar

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Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

des

  1. Informal second-person singular () present subjunctive form of dar.
  2. Informal second-person singular () negative imperative form of dar.

Welsh[edit]

Verb[edit]

des

  1. first-person singular preterite of dod

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
des ddes nes unchanged