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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 []



From borrowing from Middle Low German bliven, from Old Saxon bilīƀan, from Proto-Germanic *bilībaną. {{bor}}


  • IPA(key): /bliːvə/, [b̥liːʋə]
  • (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.