beken

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English bekennen, bikennen, equivalent to be- +‎ ken ‎(to perceive). Cognate with Dutch bekennen ‎(to acknowledge, confess), German bekennen ‎(to admit, confess), Swedish bekänna ‎(to profess, confess).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bɪˈkɛn/, /bəˈkɛn/

Verb[edit]

beken ‎(third-person singular simple present bekens, present participle bekenning, simple past and past participle bekenned or bekent)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To make known; reveal.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To deliver.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To commit or commend to the care of.
    • c. 1385, William Langland, Piers Plowman, II:
      Now I bikenne þe criste quod she · and his clene moder.
  4. (transitive, chiefly Scotland) To commit.
  5. (transitive, chiefly Scotland) To admit as possessor.
  6. (transitive, chiefly Scotland) To acquaint; instruct.

Dutch[edit]

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Noun[edit]

beken

  1. Plural form of beek

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beken

  1. first-person singular present indicative of bekennen
  2. imperative of bekennen

Hungarian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

be- +‎ ken

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈbɛkɛn]
  • Hyphenation: be‧ken

Verb[edit]

beken

  1. (transitive) to anoint, spread, smear (to distribute in an even layer), to apply/put on (a soft substance, cream, oil, paint, etc.)
    bekeni az arcát krémmel‎ ― to apply cream on one's face

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