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From Proto-Indo-European *lebʰ- (to take, seize), see also Lithuanian lobis, possibly Latin labor.[1][2][3]


लभते (labhate) (root लभ्, class 1, type A)

  1. to take, seize, catch
  2. to catch sight of, meet with, find
    with अन्तरम् (antaram)to find an opportunity, make an impression, be effective
    with अवकाशम् (avakāśam)to find scope, be appropriate
    with कालम् (kālam)to find the right time or moment
  3. to gain possession of, obtain, receive, conceive, get, receive ("from" +ablative; "as" +accusative), recover ib.
    with गर्भम् (garbham)to conceive an embryo, become pregnant
    with पदम् (padam)to obtain a footing
  4. to gain the power of (doing anything), succeed in, be permitted or allowed to (+infinitive or dative)
    labhate draṣṭum, or darśanāyahe is able or allowed to see
  5. to possess, have
  6. to perceive, know, understand, learn, find out
  7. (passive voice) to be taken or caught or met with or found or got or obtained
  8. to be allowed or permitted (infinitive sometimes with passive sense)
    nā-dharmo labhyate kartuminjustice ought not to be done
  9. to follow, result
  10. to be comprehended by (+ablative)
  11. (causative) to cause to take or receive or obtain, give, bestow (generally with two accusatives; rarely with accusative and instrumental = to present with)
  12. to get, procure (compare लम्भित (lambhita))
  13. to find out, discover
  14. to cause to suffer
  15. (desiderative) to wish to seize or take or catch or obtain or receive (with accusative or genitive; "from" +ablative)


  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.
  2. ^ Douglas Harper, “lemma”, in Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2021.
  3. ^ Beekes, Robert S. P., Etymological Dictionary of Greek (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 10), with the assistance of Lucien van Beek, Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2010, →ISBN, page λαμβάνω