begripe

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English begripen, bigripen, from Old English begrīpan (to grip, seize, lay hold of; chide), from Proto-West Germanic *bigrīpan. Equivalent to be- (around, about) +‎ gripe.

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Verb[edit]

begripe (third-person singular simple present begripes, present participle begriping, simple past and past participle begriped)

  1. (transitive) To lay hold of; apprehend; grip; grasp.
    • 1865, Dante Alighieri, The Comedy of Dante Allighieri. [sic]: Part I--The Hell:
      He, with his middle feet, begriped his paunch, And took the arms with the anterior; And then he bit both one and other cheek.
    • 1899, Sir Thomas Malory, Sir Edward Strachey, William Caxton, Le morte Darthur:
      And as for this sword there shall never man begripe it at the handle but one, but he shall pass all other. In the name of God, said Percivale, I shall essay to handle it. So he set his hand to the sword, but he might not begripe it.

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Middle Dutch[edit]

Verb[edit]

begripe

  1. inflection of begripen:
    1. first-person singular present indicative
    2. first/third-person singular present subjunctive

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Low German begripen.

Verb[edit]

begripe (imperative begrip, present tense begriper, passive begripes, simple past begrep or begreip, past participle begrepet, present participle begripende)

  1. to grasp, understand, comprehend

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Low German begripen.

Verb[edit]

begripe (present tense begrip, past tense begreip, past participle begripe, passive infinitive begripast, present participle begripande, imperative begrip)

  1. to grasp, understand, comprehend

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West Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian bigrīpa, from Proto-West Germanic *bigrīpan. Equivalent to be- +‎ gripe.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

begripe

  1. to understand, to comprehend

Inflection[edit]

Strong class 1
infinitive begripe
3rd singular past begriep
past participle begrepen
infinitive begripe
long infinitive begripen
gerund begripen n
auxiliary hawwe
indicative present tense past tense
1st singular begryp begriep
2nd singular begrypst begriepst
3rd singular begrypt begriep
plural begripe begriepen
imperative begryp
participles begripend begrepen

Further reading[edit]

  • begripe”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011