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From ab- (from, away) +‎ (go).



abeō (present infinitive abīre, perfect active abiī or abīvī, supine abitum); irregular conjugation, irregular, impersonal in the passive

  1. I depart, go away, go off, exit.
    Synonyms: digredior, decedo, facesso, deficio, discedo, cedo, egredior, exeo, evado, eicio
    Antonyms: adeo, ingredior, aggredior, adorior, procedo, prodeo, ineo, intro, introeo, accedo, immigrō
    • c. 270 BCEc. 201 BCE, Gnaeus Naevius, Bellum Punicum 5–7:
      Ambōrum uxōrēs
      noctū Troiād exībant capitibus opertīs,
      flentēs ambae abeuntēs lacrimīs cum multīs.
      The wives of both
      were leaving Troy at night with covered heads,
      both weeping while departing with many tears.
    • c. 190 BCE – 185 BCE, Plautus, Amphitryon 1.3.45–46:
      MERCURIUS. Eāmus, Amphitruō. Lūcēscit hoc iam. IUPPITER. Abī prae, Sōsiā;
      iam egō sequar.
      MERCURY. Let's go, Amphitryo. Day's breaking already. JUPITER. Go ahead, Sosia;
      I'll follow in a moment.
    • 353 CE – 431 CE, Paulinus of Nola, Poems 13.1 in Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticum Latinorum (volume 30), Wilhelm von Hartel (editor), Vienna 1866, page 67:
      Tempora temporibus subeunt, abit et venit aetās.
      Times give way to times, age comes and goes.
  2. I am transformed, metamorphosed.
    • 8 CE, Ovid, Metamorphoses 1.236–237:
      In villōs abeunt vestēs, in crūra lacertī:
      fit lupus et veteris servat vestīgia fōrmae.
      Clothes turn to fur, arms to legs:
      he is made wolf and keeps traces of the old identity.
  3. I retire from office.
    • c. 177 CE, Aulus Gellius, Noctes Atticae 7.7.4:
      Praeterea sī quadrāgintā annōs nāta sacerdōtiō abīre ac nūbere voluisset, iūs eī potestāsque exaugurandī atque nūbendī facta est mūnificentiae et beneficiī grātiā, quod campum Tiberīnum sīve Mārtium populō condōnāsset.
      Then, if at the age of forty she wishes to retire from the [‌Vestal] priesthood and marry, the right and power to withdraw is given to her for the sake of the kindness and service of presenting the Campus Tiberinus or Campus Martius to the people.
  4. I pass from owner to owner.
  5. (astronomy) I set.
    • 4 CE, Germanicus (translator), Phaenomena 667-668 (original author: Aratus):
      Illa abit Ōceanō, tōtīus serta Corōnae
      in caelum redeunt, []
      She (Cassiopeia) sets in the Ocean, the wreaths of the entire Corona
      return to the heavens, []
  6. (Late Latin, Grecism) Synonym of [c. 230 CE]
    • c. 250 CE, Commodian, Carmen Apologeticum 1053–1055 in Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum (volume 15), Bernhard Dombard (editor), Vienna 1887, page 187:
      Cum iūstī laetantur, illī in īnfernō cremantur;
      Dāvīd illīs dīxit: Domine, redde illīs inīqua!
      Et sī nōn crēdiderint, in umbrā mortis abībunt.
      When the righteous shall rejoice, they shall burn in Hell;
      David has told them: O Lord, pay them back their misdeeds!
      And should they not believe, they shall walk in the shadow of death.
    • 4th C. CE, Saint Jerome, Vulgate, Psalms 1:1:
      Beātus vir quī nōn abiit in cōnsiliō impiōrum, et in viā peccātōrum nōn stetit, et in cathedrā pestilentiae nōn sēdit.
      Blessed is the man who hath not walked in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stood in the way of sinners, nor sat in the chair of pestilence.


Irregular conjugation, but similar to fourth conjugation. The third principal part is, unlike other derivates of , never found as **abīvī. In forms where the letter I appears consecutively, the syllable is often contracted to a long Ī in every period of the Latin language.

   Conjugation of abeō (irregular, impersonal in passive)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present abeō abīs abit abīmus abītis abeunt
imperfect abībam abībās abībat abībāmus abībātis abībant
future abībō abībis abībit abībimus abībitis abībunt
perfect abiī,
abiimus abīstis abiērunt,
pluperfect abieram abierās abierat abierāmus abierātis abierant
future perfect abierō abieris abierit abierimus abieritis abierint
passive present abītur
imperfect abībātur
future abībitur
perfect abitum est
pluperfect abitum erat
future perfect abitum erit
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present abeam abeās abeat abeāmus abeātis abeant
imperfect abīrem abīrēs abīret abīrēmus abīrētis abīrent
perfect abierim abierīs abierit abierīmus abierītis abierint
pluperfect abīssem abīssēs abīsset abīssēmus abīssētis abīssent
passive present abeātur
imperfect abīrētur
perfect abitum sit
pluperfect abitum esset,
abitum foret
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present abī abīte
future abītō abītō abītōte abeuntō
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives abīre abīsse abitūrum esse abīrī abitum esse
participles abiēns abitūrus abitum abeundum
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
abeundī abeundō abeundum abeundō abitum abitū

Derived terms[edit]


  • abeo”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • abeo”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • abeo in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • they disperse in different directions: in diversas partes or simply diversi abeunt, discedunt
    • to fly aloft; to be carried into the sky: sublimem or sublime (not in sublime or sublimiter) ferri, abire
    • to go out of sight, disappear: abire ex oculis, e conspectu alicuius
    • to depart this life: (ex) vita excedere, ex vita abire
    • to be a subject for gossip: in ora vulgi abire
    • the recollection of a thing has been entirely lost: memoria alicuius rei excidit, abiit, abolevit
    • to go into exile: exsulatum ire or abire
    • to give up, lay down office (usually at the end of one's term of office): abire magistratu