willen

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch willen, from Old Dutch *willen, from Proto-Germanic *wiljaną. Compare Low German wüllen, West Frisian wolle, German wollen, English will, Danish ville.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

willen (past singular wilde or wou, past participle gewild)

  1. To want.
  2. To wish.
    Ik wou dat ik dat kon doen. — I wish I could do that.

Conjugation[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

  • Wou/wouden is often used in the past tense, depending on the region, but mostly in spoken language. In written language, wilde/wilden is preferred by many, although wou/wouden is recognized as correct standard Dutch.

German[edit]

Preposition[edit]

um ... willen

  1. for the sake of
    Um seinetwillen bleibe ich zu Hause : For his sake I’m staying at home.
    Um meinetwillen bleibt sie zu Hause : For my sake she’s staying at home.

Note: an object between "um" and "willen" must be in the genitive case.

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