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See also: arata


Alternative forms[edit]

  • areta (archaic or regional)


Several hypotheses exist; one most often proposed is Vulgar Latin *arrēctāre (whence also Portuguese arreitar and Neapolitan arrezzà/arrizzà), from Latin rēctus (straight), but the phonetic evolution would be irregular in this case; another possibility is Latin ratāre, present active infinitive of ratō[1], as a frequentative of reor (consider) (past participle ratus), or from a Vulgar Latin ēlatāre, as a frequentative of efferō (bring out or forth; produce, yield; emit) (past participle ēlātus). One theory suggests it is the result of the convergence of three originally separate verbs: in addition to ēlatāre producing the standard form arăta, Latin *elitāre (from litō, litāre (obtain or promise good omens)) produces the mostly regional or archaic variant form areta and *arreptāre (from arreptus, past participle of arripiō (seize; procure, appropriate)) produces the obsolete arreta[2]; these verbs then gradually merged together phonetically. Other etymologies link a Vulgar Latin *arreptāre instead to a contraction of ad-reputāre, but this is less likely.

One can also notice a similarity with the Arabic root ر ء ي(r ʔ y) (see أرى‎) and the Hebrew הראה‎.


  • IPA(key): [a.rəˈta]
  • (file)


a arăta (third-person singular present arată, past participle arătat1st conj.

  1. (transitive) to show, to exhibit, to display; to prove
    Poți mi-l arăți?
    Can you show it to me?
  2. (intransitive) to look (appear)
    Arăți bine.
    You look good.
  3. (reflexive) to turn up
    Se va arăta în curând.
    He will turn up soon.




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