vergen

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Germanic, from Middle Dutch vergen, cognate with Old Saxon fergon, Frisian fergje, Old High German fergôn (modern fergen), Old Norse fergja etc.

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vergen (past singular vergde, past participle gevergd)

  1. (transitive) To demand, utter/pose a requirement
    Kapitein Bligh vergt absolute gehoorzaamheid, op straffe van geseling
    Capain Bligh demands absolute obedience, at pain of flogging
  2. (transitive) To require, necessitate
    Het vergde z'n laatste greintje moed om z'n zwembroek te laten zakken, maar de regels vergen nu eenmaal dat billenkoek wordt gegeven met de broek op de enkels
    It demanded his last ounce of courage to drop his swimming trunks, but the rules just demand a spanking to be given with the trousers on the ankles
  3. (obsolete) To ask, inquire
  4. (obsolete) To offer, grant
  5. (obsolete) To taunt, bother
  6. (obsolete) To seek, search

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