لا

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Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Semitic *lā.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /laː/
  • (file)

Particle[edit]

لَا ()

  1. no
  2. not; negates an indicative present-tense verb
  3. do not; expresses prohibition with a jussive verb
    لَا نَنْسَ…‎‎ ― lā nansa…Let’s not forget…
    لَا يَفُتْكُمْ‎ ― lā yafutkumHe shall not miss you.
  4. there is not, there is no; governs an accusative noun in the determinate state (but in the indeterminate state if a prepositional phrase depends on the noun, and as liked the accusative of the determinate state, the accusative of the indeterminate state, or the nominative of the indeterminate state for every part if a sentence stacks such constructions)
    لَا طَالِبَ حَاضِرٌ.‎‎ ― lā ṭāliba ḥāḍirun.No student is present.
  5. not; negates any non-verbal sentence element
  6. neither, nor

Usage notes[edit]

  • The Arabic negative is placed directly before the word it negates.
Isolated form Final form
لا ـلا

Antonyms[edit]

  • (no): نَعَم(naʿam)
  • (expresses prohibition with a jussive verb): لِـ(li-)

Descendants[edit]

  • Swahili: la

Conjunction[edit]

لَا ()

  1. not, and not
    أَحْضِرْ وَثَائِقَكَ لَا كُتُبَكَ
    ʾaḥḍir waṯāʾiqaka lā kutubaka
    Bring your documents, not your books.

Antonyms[edit]

Prefix[edit]

لَا ()

  1. non-, un-, in-
    لَاسُلْطَوِيّ(lāsulṭawiyy)
    لَاسِلْكِيّ(lāsilkiyy)
    لَامُبَالَاة(lāmubālāh)
    لَافَقَارِيَّات(lāfaqāriyyāt)
    لَامَرْكَزِيَّة(lāmarkaziyya)

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Persian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From French la.

Noun[edit]

لا ()

  1. (music) A, La (the sixth note of the fixed-Do solfège scale)
  2. (music) La (the sixth note of the movable-Do solfège scale, i.e. the submediant)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Arabic لَا().

Particle[edit]

Dari Persian لا
Iranian Persian لا
Tajiki Persian ло (lo)

لا (lâ)

  1. (rare) un-
Synonyms[edit]

Etymology 3[edit]

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Noun[edit]

Dari Persian لا
Iranian Persian لا
Tajiki Persian ло (lo)

لا ()

  1. fold
  2. layer
  3. ply
  4. strand