plegen

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Dutch[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch plien, later pleghen, originally a class 4 strong verb with past tense plach, plaghen, geploghen. Presumably from Old Dutch *plian, from Proto-Germanic *plehaną (to vouch for), and cognate with Old English plēon. However, the form plegan already occurs in Old Saxon with -g-, and likewise for Old High German pflegan, so it is not certain what the ultimate form of this word is.

Verb[edit]

plegen (past singular placht, past participle geplacht)

  1. to do (something) habitually, customarily
    • Mijn grootvader pleegt na het middageten een pijp te roken.
      • My grandfather usually smokes a pipe after lunch.
  2. to usually happen
    • Op onze wandelvakanties placht het vaak te regenen.
      • On our trekking holidays, it often rained.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From the same origin as above. The formation of the weak past occurred in early modern Dutch.

Verb[edit]

plegen (past singular pleegde, past participle gepleegd)

  1. to commit (a crime)
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