-te

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch -ede, from Old Dutch -itha, from Proto-Germanic *-iþō, cognate with Old English , -þu (English -th), Old Norse , -d (Swedish -d), Gothic -iþa.

Middle Dutch -ede was shortened to -de in late Middle Dutch, and the suffix was devoiced to -te according to the 't kofschip rule. This voiceless variety was then taken to be the suffix proper and the voiced variety gradually fell out of use.

Suffix[edit]

-te f (plural -ten or -tes)

  1. appended to an adjective, making a feminine noun which refers to the size of the quality referred to by the adjective, cognate to -th.
    hooghoogte
    ruimruimte
    breedbreedte
    langlengte
    gewoongewoonte
  2. appended to the stem of a verb, yields a feminine noun which refers to the object of such a verb.
    behoevenbehoefte
    belovenbelofte
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-te

  1. See ge- -te.

Etymology 3[edit]

Cognate with English -ed; derives from a Germanic verb form of to to do.

Suffix[edit]

-te

  1. a suffix that forms the singular of the past tense of weak verbs, the root of which ends in a voiceless consonant
    makenmaakte
Synonyms[edit]

Latin[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-te

  1. masculine vocative singular of -tus

Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish -de.

Suffix[edit]

-te

  1. Used to form adjectives from nouns, in the sense of having the object represented by the noun.
    'S crìochnaichte an sgeul. ― The story is finished.

Derived terms[edit]


Swedish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-te

  1. Variant of -de; suffix to create preterite tense of verbs if the stem ends in a unvoiced consonant (this form of the suffix is only applicable to verbs which ends in -er in present tense)