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Of unknown origin.[1]


  • IPA(key): [ ˈyl]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -yl



  1. (intransitive) to sit, to be in a sitting position
  2. (transitive, informal) to serve time
    Tíz évet ült gyilkosságért.He served 10 years for murder.
  3. (transitive, intransitive, of a feeling or quality) to appear, to be there
    Szomorúság ült a szemében.There was sadness in her eyes.
    Csend ült a szobára.There was silence in the room.
  4. (transitive, with an explicit object, literary) to celebrate, feast
  5. (informal) hit home, strike a chord (to get the desired effect, as of a joke)

Usage notes[edit]

This verb implies ongoing state. To describe a change in state, use the derived verbs leül (to sit down), as in a change from standing to sitting, or felül (to sit up), as in a change from lying down or slouching to sitting.


Derived terms[edit]

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ Zaicz, Gábor. Etimológiai szótár: Magyar szavak és toldalékok eredete (’Dictionary of Etymology: The origin of Hungarian words and affixes’). Budapest: Tinta Könyvkiadó, 2006, →ISBN