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From Proto-Indo-European *meh₂d- (to drip, ooze; grease, fat). See also Ancient Greek μαδάω (madáō), μαστός (mastós), μεστός (mestós), English meat, Sanskrit मदति (mádati), ममत्ति (mamátti), and Old Irish maidim. Compare Serbo-Croatian modar (blue).



madeō (present infinitive madēre, perfect active maduī); second conjugation, no passive

  1. I am wet or moist (with); drip or flow (with).
  2. I am drunk or intoxicated.
  3. I am softened by boiling; I am sodden or boiled.
  4. I am full (of), overflow (with), abound (in).


  • This verb has only limited passive conjugation; only third-person passive forms are attested in surviving sources.
   Conjugation of madeo (second conjugation, active only)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present madeō madēs madet madēmus madētis madent
imperfect madēbam madēbās madēbat madēbāmus madēbātis madēbant
future madēbō madēbis madēbit madēbimus madēbitis madēbunt
perfect maduī maduistī maduit maduimus maduistis maduērunt, maduēre
pluperfect madueram maduerās maduerat maduerāmus maduerātis maduerant
future perfect maduerō madueris maduerit maduerimus madueritis maduerint
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present madeam madeās madeat madeāmus madeātis madeant
imperfect madērem madērēs madēret madērēmus madērētis madērent
perfect maduerim maduerīs maduerit maduerīmus maduerītis maduerint
pluperfect maduissem maduissēs maduisset maduissēmus maduissētis maduissent
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present madē madēte
future madētō madētō madētōte madentō
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives madēre maduisse
participles madēns
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
madēre madendī madendō madendum

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  • madeo in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • madeo in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • madeo in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette