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This Proto-Slavic entry contains reconstructed words and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.



From Proto-Balto-Slavic *dōˀwāˀtei, iterative of *dṓˀtei, from Proto-Indo-European *deh₃-. Constructed as if *da(ti) +‎ *-vati, with the same suffix found in iterative (later imperfective) *stavati (to stand), *-znavati (to know), etc. Compare Latvian dãvât (to give (iterative)), Lithuanian daviaũ (I gave, past), Ancient Greek δοϝέναι (dowénai, to give (iterative)) (Cypriot dialect), Sanskrit दावने (dāváne).

In Lithuanian, the cognate of this verb is employed in the construction of the (indicative) past frequentative tense.

Per Derksen, the 1sg. *dajǫ is built off the aorist stem.


*dāvàti impf (perfective *dati)[1]

  1. to give (iterative)


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Further reading[edit]

  • Vasmer, Max (1964–1973) , “дава́ть”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), translated from German and supplemented by Oleg Trubačóv, Moscow: Progress
  • Černyx, P. Ja. (1999) , “дать”, in Istoriko-etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Historical-Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), volume 1, 3rd reprint edition, Moscow: Russkij jazyk, page 232
  • Trubačóv, Oleg, editor (1977) , “*davati”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ slavjanskix jazykov [Etymological dictionary of Slavic languages] (in Russian), volume 04, Moscow: Nauka, page 197


  1. ^ Derksen, Rick (2008) , “*dāvàti”, in Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 4), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 96: “v.”