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Inherited from Ottoman Turkish آڭلامق (añlamak, to understand, to comprehend),[1] from Proto-Turkic *āŋla- (to understand), from Proto-Turkic *āŋ (intelligence, ability to understand).[2][3] Cognate with Salar añna.


  • IPA(key): /ˈmak/
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  • Hyphenation: an‧la‧mak


anlamak (third-person singular simple present anlar)

  1. (transitive) To understand, to comprehend, to get.
    • 2004, “Bir Derdim Var”, performed by Mor ve Ötesi:
      Hiç anlatamadım, hiç anlamadılar.
      I couldn't explain at all, they didn't understand at all.
  2. (transitive) To find something correct and appropriate.
  3. (transitive) To sense or predict someone's feelings or thoughts.
  4. (intransitive, with ablative) To have knowledge on something.
  5. (intransitive, with ablative) To benefit from, to gain advantage from something.


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  1. ^ Redhouse, James W. (1890) “آڭلامق”, in A Turkish and English Lexicon[1], Constantinople: A. H. Boyajian, page 175
  2. ^ Starostin, Sergei, Dybo, Anna, Mudrak, Oleg (2003) “**āŋ, *āŋ-la-”, in Etymological dictionary of the Altaic languages (Handbuch der Orientalistik; VIII.8), Leiden, New York, Köln: E.J. Brill
  3. ^ Nişanyan, Sevan (2002–) “anla-”, in Nişanyan Sözlük

Further reading[edit]

  • anlamak”, in Turkish dictionaries, Türk Dil Kurumu