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See also: första, forstå, and förstå


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Probably from Dutch verstaan (to understand); or from Norwegian forstå (to understand), itself from Middle Low German vorstân (to understand), from Old Saxon farstandan (to understand), equivalent to for- +‎ stand. More at forstand.


forsta (third-person singular simple present forstas, present participle forstaing, simple past and past participle forstaed)

  1. (transitive, intransitive, chiefly Scotland) To comprehend; understand.
    • 1714, Joseph Ritson, Scotish song:
      A cripple I'm not, ye forsta me, Tho' lame of a hand that I be; [...]