żamm

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Maltese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic زَمَّ(zamma, to bind, tie up). The sense must be a generalisation from the act of confining a person or animal in some place. Arabic does not have a generally applicable word for “to keep”, using different expressions depending on the context.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

żamm (imperfect jżomm, past participle miżmum)

  1. to keep, hold
  2. to keep (a promise)
  3. (law enforcement) to detain

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