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From Proto-Slavic *jьmati, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁em-.


  • IPA(key): /ǐmati/
  • Hyphenation: i‧ma‧ti


ìmati impf (Cyrillic spelling ѝмати)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) to have, possess, own
    Imam vremena.I have time.
    Ona ima 19 godina.She is 19 years old. (literally, “She has 19 years.”)
    Imaš pravo!You are right! (literally, “You have it right.”)
    Što ste imali na umu?What did you have in mind?
    Imaju li nešto protiv toga?Do they have something against that?
  2. (transitive, with genitive case (except for singular countable nouns — with nominative), in existential clauses) there be, be present, exist (in the universe of discourse; in past and future tenses usually replaced by bȉti (to be, exist))
    Ima li šećera?Is there any sugar?
    Ima li crvenih auta na parkiralištu?Are there any red cars on the parking lot?
    Što ima za večeru?What is there for dinner?
    Ima pet godina otad.Five years have passed since then. / It has been five years since then. (literally, “There are five years since then.”)
  3. (intransitive, regional, with da) to have to, be obliged to (have the responsibility)
    Ima(š) da mu pošteno platiš.You have to pay him fairly.
    Ima(ju) da rade c(ij)eli dan.They have to work the whole day.
  4. (transitive) to wear, have on
    Imala je crveni šešir.She had a red bonnet on.



Derived terms[edit]


  • imati” in Hrvatski jezični portal