bewegen

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch beweghen. Derived from wegen.[1]

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Verb[edit]

bewegen (past singular bewoog, past participle bewogen)

  1. (intransitive, sometimes reflexive) to move, to be in motion
    Mijn benen bewegen.
    My legs move.
    Slakken bewegen zich maar langzaam.
    Snails move rather slowly.
  2. (transitive) to move, to cause to be in motion
    Ik kan mijn benen niet bewegen.
    I can't move my legs.
  3. (transitive) to budge, to motivate, to spur, to induce
    Ik kan hem maar niet bewegen om boodschappen te doen.
    I just can't get him to go to the shops.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ J. de Vries & F. de Tollenaere, "Etymologisch Woordenboek", Uitgeverij Het Spectrum, Utrecht, 1986 (14de druk)

German[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old High German biwegan, from Proto-Germanic *weganą (to move)[1], which stems from Proto-Indo-European *weǵʰ-.

Verb[edit]

bewegen (class 5 strong, third-person singular simple present bewegt, past tense bewog, past participle bewogen, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive) to persuade; to prompt (someone to do something); to make (someone do something); to induce; to get (someone to do something)
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In the sense “to persuade”, bewegen is a strong verb. In the sense “to move”, it is weak. (See below.)

Etymology 2[edit]

Weakening of the strong verb bewegen. (See above.)

Verb[edit]

bewegen (third-person singular simple present bewegt, past tense bewegte, past participle bewegt, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive or reflexive) to move; to stir
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References[edit]

  1. ^ “bewegen” in: Friedrich Kluge, “Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache” , 22. Auflage, 1989, bearbeitet von Elmar Seebold, ISBN 3-11-006800-1