begrijpen

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch begripen, from Old Dutch bigrīpan, from Proto-Germanic *bigrīpaną. Equivalent to be- +‎ grijpen.

Verb[edit]

begrijpen

  1. (transitive) to understand (concepts, ideas), to comprehend

Usage notes[edit]

The word does not mean "understand" in the sense of "to hear clearly". For this, verstaan is used.

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of begrijpen (strong class 1, prefixed)
infinitive begrijpen
past singular begreep
past participle begrepen
infinitive begrijpen
gerund begrijpen n
verbal noun
present tense past tense
1st person singular begrijp begreep
2nd person sing. (jij) begrijpt begreep
2nd person sing. (u) begrijpt begreep
2nd person sing. (gij) begrijpt begreept
3rd person singular begrijpt begreep
plural begrijpen begrepen
subjunctive sing.1 begrijpe begrepe
subjunctive plur.1 begrijpen begrepen
imperative sing. begrijp
imperative plur.1 begrijpt
participles begrijpend begrepen
1) Archaic.

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