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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Low German arbeit, from Proto-Germanic *arbaidiz, possibly ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₃órbʰos ‎(orphan). Compare Norwegian arbeid, Swedish arbete, Faroese arbeiði. Compare Old Danish ærvede, inherited from Old Norse erfiði.


IPA(key): [ˈaːˌbai̯ˀdə]


arbejde n (singular definite arbejdet, plural indefinite arbejder)

  1. work (labour, employment, occupation, job)
  2. (physics) work (a measure of energy expended in moving an object; most commonly, force times distance)
  3. work (effort expended on a particular task)
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In compounds: arbejds-, -arbejde

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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle Low German arbeiden, from arbeit.


arbejde ‎(imperative arbejd, infinitive at arbejde, present tense arbejder, past tense arbejdede, past participle har arbejdet)

  1. work, to do a specific task (Generally for money)
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