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From Proto-Balto-Slavic *gerˀtei (devour, lap up); compare Latvian dzer̂t (drink), Old Church Slavonic пожрѣти, пожьрѫ (požrěti, požĭrǫ, swallow, devour), Polish żreć (eat greedily). Also consider Russian demotic нажраться (nažratʹsja, to eat a lot; get drunk). From Proto-Indo-European *gʷerh₃- (to devour). Cognates include Sanskrit गिरति (giráti, devour), Ancient Greek βιβρώσκω (bibrṓskō, eat up) and Latin vorō (devour, swallow). The present tense stem of the Slavic words < *gir- comes from the zero-grade of the root; compare girti (get drunk), girtas (drunk). See also gurklỹs (craw, throat) and gerklė (throat).



gérti (third-person present tense gẽria, third-person past tense gė́rė)

  1. drink (consume liquid to quench thirst)
    Jìs nóri gérti alaũsHe wants to drink some beer
  2. drink (of alcoholic beverages), booze
    Synonym: girtauti
  3. soak up, absorb
    Kempìnė gẽria vándenįThe sponge soaks up water
    Synonyms: traukti, siurbti, skverbtis, sunktis


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