diu

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See also: DIU and diū

Catalan[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

diu

  1. third-person singular present indicative form of dir

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *diwoh₁ (during the day), compare *dyew-. Cognate with Old Armenian տիւ (tiw), Sanskrit दिवा (divā, by day).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

diū (comparative diūtius, superlative diūtissimē)

  1. continually, all day
  2. long, long while, for a long time
    • 63 BCE, Cicero, Catiline Orations (Latin text and English translations here)
      Quam diu quisquam erit qui te defendere audeat, vives, et vives ita ut nunc vivis, multis meis et firmis praesidiis obsessus ne commovere te contra rem publicam possis. Multorum te etiam oculi et aures non sentientem, sicut adhuc fecerunt, speculabuntur atque custodient.
      As long as one person exists who can dare to defend you, you shall live; but you shall live as you do now, surrounded by my many and trusty guards, so that you shall not be able to stir one finger against the republic: many eyes and ears shall still observe and watch you, as they have hitherto done, though you shall not perceive them.
  3. long enough

Related terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, 1st edition. (Oxford University Press)

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

diu

  1. Nonstandard spelling of diū.

Usage notes[edit]

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Manx[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

diu

  1. 2nd person formal/plural of da
  2. (formal) to you
    Corp as slaynt yn imbagh diu. Compliments of the season to you.
    Inshym skeeal diu nish. I'm going to tell you a story now.

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