hefja

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse hefja, from Proto-Germanic *habjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *kh₂pyé-, from the root *keh₂p- (to seize). Cognate with Faroese hevja, Swedish häva, Danish hæve, English heave, Dutch heffen, German heben.

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Verb[edit]

hefja (strong verb, third-person singular past indicative hóf, third-person plural past indicative hófu, supine hafið)

  1. (transitive, with accusative) to lift, to raise
  2. (transitive, with accusative) to elevate, to exalt, to promote
  3. (transitive, with accusative) to begin, to start

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Old Norse[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *habjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *kh₂pyéti, from the root *keh₂p- (to seize).

Verb[edit]

hefja (singular past indicative hóf, plural past indicative hófu, past participle hafiðr or hafinn)

  1. (transitive) to heave, lift, raise
  2. (transitive) to exalt, raise in rank
  3. (transitive) to begin

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References[edit]

  • hefja in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press