hoeven

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Etymology 1[edit]

Verb[edit]

hoeven (past singular hoefde, past participle gehoefd)

  1. to be necessary
  2. to need to (in negative clauses, to express lack of obligation)
    Je hoeft niet ver te zoeken. — You don't have to seek far.
  3. to need to (in partitive constructions, in combination with adverb maar )
    Ik hoef er maar twee. — I only need two (of them).
    Je hoeft het maar te vragen. — You only need to ask it.
  4. (absolute, intransitive, euphemism) to need to urinate or defecate
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Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

hoeven

  1. Plural form of hoef

Etymology 3[edit]

Noun[edit]

hoeven

  1. Plural form of hoeve