ráða

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Faroese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse ráða, from Proto-Germanic *rēdaną.

Verb[edit]

ráða

  1. to advise
  2. to decide

Conjugation[edit]


Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse ráða, from Proto-Germanic *rēdaną, from Proto-Indo-European *rei- (reason, count). Cognate with English read, Low German raden, Dutch raden, German raten, Swedish råda, Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐍂𐌴𐌳𐌰𐌽 (garēdan). The Indo-European root is also the source of Greek αριθμος (arithmos), Old Irish immrádim, Old Church Slavonic радити (raditi).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

ráða (strong verb, third-person singular past indicative réð, third-person plural past indicative réðu, supine ráðið)

  1. (with accusative) to employ, to hire
    Hún ræður alltaf vini sína.
    She always employs her friends.
    Ég mætti bara brosandi og ég var ráðinn á staðnum.
    I just showed up smiling and I was hired on the spot.
  2. (with accusative) to solve
    Geturðu ráðið þessar gátur?
    Can you solve these riddles?
  3. (with dative) to command, control, be in control of
    Hver ræður hér í raun og veru?
    Who is really in charge here?
  4. (ditransitive, with dative and accusative) to advise (someone to do something)
    Afi minn réð mér alltaf heilt.
    My grandfather always gave me good advice.
  5. (with dative) to decide
    Ég læt þig ráða.
    I'll let you decide.

Derived terms[edit]