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See also: blīve and blīvē



blive (third-person singular simple present blives, present participle bliving, simple past blove, past participle bliven)

  1. (intransitive) Alternative form of belive ("to remain").


blive (comparative more blive, superlative most blive)

  1. (obsolete) quickly; forthwith
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)
    • Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Book II, Canto III, stanza XVIII.
      "Perdy, sir knight,' saide then th' enchaunter blive []




Borrowed from Middle Low German bliven, from Old Saxon bilīƀan, from Proto-Germanic *bilībaną.


  • IPA(key): /bliːvə/, [ˈb̥liːʋə], [ˈb̥liːw̩] or IPA(key): /bliː/, [ˈb̥liːˀ]
  • (Dialectal Jutlandic) IPA(key): [ˈblyːʊ̯], [ˈbløːʊ̯], [ˈblœːʊ̯], [ˈbleːʊ̯], [ˈblɛːʊ̯], [ˈblɔːʊ̯], [ˈbliːə̯ʊ̯]


blive (imperative bliv, infinitive at blive, present tense bliver, past tense blev, perfect tense er blevet)

  1. become
    Hun blev læge da hun var 25 år. - She became a doctor when she was 25.
    Vejret vil blive koldt når solen er gået ned. - The weather will become cold after the sun goes down.
  2. be (used to form the passive voice)
    Hunden blev druknet af drengen. - The dog was drowned by the boy.
  3. amount (to total or evaluate)
    Det bliver 10kr. - It amounts to 10kr.
  4. remain (to continue unchanged in place, form, or condition, or undiminished in quantity)
    Hun blev da de andre gik - She remained when the others left.