leysa

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse leysa, from Proto-Germanic *lausijaną. Cognate with Dutch lozen, obsolete English leese (from Old English līesan), German lösen; also Danish løse, Faroese loysa, Norwegian løse and Swedish lösa.

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leysa (weak verb, third-person singular past indicative leysti, supine leyst)

  1. (transitive, governs the accusative) to loosen syn.
  2. (transitive, governs the accusative) to resolve, to solve, to unravel syn.
  3. (transitive, governs the accusative) to untie, to extricate, unfasten syn.
  4. (impersonal, of snow) with various meanings, e.g. of snow thawing
    Sjóinn leysir. þolfallsfrumlag (an accusative subject)
    The snow is thawing.
    Móðurinni leystist höfn. þágufallsfrumlag (a dative subject)
    The mother lost her unborn child.

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