habban

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From Proto-Germanic *habjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *keh₂p- (take, seize). Cognate with Old Frisian hebba, Old Saxon hebbian (Low German hebben), Dutch hebben, Old High German habēn (German haben), Old Norse hafa (Swedish ha, hava, Danish have), Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌱𐌰𐌽 (haban). The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin capere, Old Irish cacht, Albanian kap (grip), Slavic *xopiti (Old Church Slavonic хапѭште (xapjǫšte), Russian хапать (xapatʹ), Bulgarian хапя (hápja)), Baltic *kap- (Lithuanian kàpteleti, Latvian kàmpt (bite)).

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habban

  1. to have, to possess
    Ic hæbbe geweald micel. I have much power.
  2. (auxiliary) have (used with a participle to express the perfect tense)
    Ðas þing we habbaþ be him gewritene. We have written these things about him.

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