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See also: aga, Aga, AGA, ağa, agá, aĝa, ågå, ága, agà, agă, ägä, āgā, Ága, agą, and Agą


Alternative forms[edit]

  • ega (obsolete)
    In the 6th edition of SAOL (1889), when jern changed to järn, Ega was still spelled with e with the final remark "Skrifves äfven Äga o.s.v." Some derived words never changed, like egen (own), egendom (property), egentlig (proper).


  • IPA(key): /²ɛːɡa/
  • Rhymes: -²ɛːɡa
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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Swedish ǣgha, from Old Norse eiga, from Proto-Germanic *aigǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *eik-.


äga c

  1. an estate, grounds, property, land
    i någons ägoin one's possession
Usage notes[edit]
  • Ägo in the phrase i någons ägo is an archaic dative form of this noun. The similar-looking archaic genitive form ägo is also the basis for compounds.
Declension of äga 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative äga ägan ägor ägorna
Genitive ägas ägans ägors ägornas
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Swedish ǣgha, from Old Norse eiga, from Proto-Germanic *aiganą, from Proto-Indo-European *eik-.


äga (present äger, preterite ägde, supine ägt, imperative äg)

  1. to own
    • Karlskrönikan, quoted in 1913, Carl Grimberg, Svenska folkets underbara öden, I. Forntiden och medeltiden intill 1521, page 438
      [] De togo dem från vad de åtte
      och kastade över bord vem de förmådde. []
      [] They took from them what they owned
      and threw overboard whoever they could. []
  2. (Internet slang) to own, to pwn
    Fan vad ägd du blev
    You got totally owned
    Synonym: ega
Usage notes[edit]
  • The past tense åtte is heavily archaic and will likely not be understood by most speakers.
  • Recommendations against the use of this word in legal prose, together with suggested replacements, are found in Svarta listan : Ord och fraser som kan ersättas i författningsspråk (4th ed., 2011), published by the government of Sweden. The recommendations apply primarily to governmental texts; they may or may not apply to other legal prose.
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