medel

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Known from Old Swedish, same as German Mittel and English middle. The stand-alone adjective is archaic, but lives on as the superlative medelst, as a prefix medel- and many related words, e.g. emellertid.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

medel n

  1. a mean (to an end), a tool
    ändamålen helgar medlen
    the ends justify the means
  2. a substance, a stuff, a medium
    Ett farligt medel som Livsmedelsverket har satt en användningsgräns för.
    A dangerous substance for which the National Food Administration has set a usage limit.
  3. money, capital, funding
    med egna medel
    with one's own money, by one's own means
    Ska du söka medel för din forskning?
    Will you apply for funding for your research?
  4. a mean (an average), a centre, a middle
    i medlet av 17:e århundradet
    in the middle of the 17th century

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