целовать

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Russian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old East Slavic цѣловати (cělovati, to greet; to kiss), from Proto-Slavic *cělovati (to greet; to kiss), from *cělъ (whole) +‎ *-ati.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [t͡sɨɫɐˈvatʲ]
  • (file)
  • (old Moscow accent) IPA(key): [t͡səɫɐˈvatʲ] (phonetic respelling: цалова́ть)

Verb[edit]

целова́ть (celovátʹimpf (perfective поцелова́ть)

  1. to kiss, to give a kiss
    Synonym: лобза́ть (lobzátʹ)

Usage notes[edit]

  • This is a transitive verb in the sense that one person is kissing another, as opposed to the shared or mutual kiss implied in the plural conjugations of the English verb (we kissed (each other), you kissed (each other), they kissed (each other), etc.). For implication of mutual kissing, see целова́ться (celovátʹsja).

Conjugation[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

imperfective

perfective

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