weorþan

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *werþaną (turn, become), from Proto-Indo-European *wert- (turn). Cognate with Old Frisian wertha, Old Saxon werthan (Dutch worden), Old High German werdan (German werden), Old Norse verða (Swedish varda), Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌹𐍂𐌸𐌰𐌽 (wairþan). The Proto-Indo-European root is also the source of Avestan 𐬬𐬀𐬭𐬆𐬙 (varət-), Latin vertō, Albanian urth (climber, bellflower), Proto-Baltic *wert- (Lithuanian ver̃sti), Proto-Slavic *vrьteti- (Russian вертеть (vertetʹ, to rotate)).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈweorθɑn/, [ˈweorðɑn]

Verb[edit]

weorþan

  1. to come to pass, become (often used as an auxiliary verb)
  2. to happen

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