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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 *wel- / *welˀ-, from Proto-Indo-European *welh₁-. Cognate with Old Lithuanian velti (to allow), 1sg. velmi, Latin volō (to want), inf. velle, Gothic 𐍅𐌹𐌻𐌾𐌰𐌽 (wiljan, to want), English will, Sanskrit वृणाति (vṛṇā́ti, to choose, to prefer), Avestan 𐬬𐬆𐬭𐬆𐬥𐬙𐬉(vərəntē, to choose, to prefer), Welsh gwell (better), Ancient Greek ἔλδομαι (éldomai, to wish).



  1. to want
  2. to order


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  • Derksen, Rick (2008) Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 4), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 514
  • Vasmer (Fasmer), Max (Maks) (1964–1973), “веле́ть”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), translated from German and supplemented by Trubačóv Oleg, Moscow: Progress
  • Černyx, P. Ja. (1999), “веле́ть”, in Istoriko-etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Historical-Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), volume 1, 3rd reprint edition, Moscow: Russkij jazyk, page 139
  • ^ Wielić in: Słownik staropolski, tom X, zeszyt 3 (63), page 161