meta

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See also: méta, metá, metà, meta-, and Meta

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From meta-, back-formed from metaphysics.

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Adjective[edit]

meta ‎(comparative more meta, superlative most meta)

  1. (informal) Self-referential; at a higher level.
    Suppose you have a genie that grants you three wishes. If you wish for infinite wishes, that is a meta wish.
    • 2002, Robert C. Neville, Religion in Late Modernity[1], ISBN 079145424X, page 31:
      [] in finessing obligations you fail a "meta" kind of obligation.
    • 2006, Brendan Vaughan, What Would MacGyver Do?[2], ISBN 1594630240, page 186:
      Besides, I can just hear Vaughan: "Very funny, Stacey, very Charlie Kaufman-esque, very meta, very '97. I can't use it."

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Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin mēta.

Noun[edit]

meta ‎(plural metas)

  1. Boundary marker.
  2. Either of the conical columns at each end of a Roman circus.

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Basque[edit]

Noun[edit]

meta

  1. heap

Czech[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mēta.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

meta f

  1. frontier, goal, objective, ambition
  2. (softball, baseball) base

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References[edit]

  1. ^ meta in Jiří Rejzek, Český etymologický slovník, electronic version, Leda, 2007

Faroese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse meta, from Proto-Germanic *metaną, from Proto-Indo-European *med-.

Verb[edit]

meta ‎(third person singular past indicative metti or metaði, third person plural past indicative mett or metað, supine mett or metað)

  1. to measure, to esteem, to consider

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Icelandic[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse meta, from Proto-Germanic *metaną.

Verb[edit]

meta ‎(strong verb, third-person singular past indicative mat, third-person plural past indicative mátu, supine metið)

  1. to measure
  2. to assess
  3. to appreciate, to esteem, to consider to be of worth
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Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

meta

  1. indefinite genitive plural of met

Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

meta f ‎(plural mete)

  1. destination
  2. aim, goal, end
  3. (rugby) try
  4. (soccer) goal
  5. (archaeology) meta

Noun[edit]

meta f ‎(plural mete)

  1. pile of straw
  2. haystack
  3. dung (of a farm animal)

Noun[edit]

meta m ‎(invariable)

  1. (organic chemistry) metaldehyde

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Italic *meta, from Proto-Indo-European *meh₁- ("to measure"), related to Ancient Greek μῆτις ‎(mêtis), μέτρον ‎(métron), μέτριος ‎(métrios), Old Church Slavonic мѣра ‎(měra), compare Hungarian mér, Russian мера ‎(méra), Serbo-Croatian mera and mjera, English meal.

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Noun[edit]

mēta f ‎(genitive mētae); first declension

  1. cone, pyramid
  2. turning point, winning post (pillar at each end of the Circus route)
  3. boundary limit
  4. (figuratively) goal, end, limit, turning point
  5. vocative singular of mēta

mētā f

  1. ablative singular of mēta

Inflection[edit]

First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative mēta mētae
genitive mētae mētārum
dative mētae mētīs
accusative mētam mētās
ablative mētā mētīs
vocative mēta mētae

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Latvian[edit]

Verb[edit]

meta

  1. 3rd person singular past indicative form of mest
  2. 3rd person plural past indicative form of mest

Lithuanian[edit]

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Verb[edit]

mẽta

  1. third-person singular present tense of mesti.
  2. third-person plural present tense of mesti.

Maltese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic متى (matā).

Pronoun[edit]

meta

  1. when

Polish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

meta f

  1. (sports) finish line
    Był tak wyczerpany, że ledwo dobiegł do mety.
    He was so tired that he hardly reached the finish line.
  2. (colloquial) familiar store or restaurant
  3. (colloquial) place where one can stay for a short while
  4. (colloquial) place where alcohol is illegally sold or drunk
  5. (bodybuilding slang) methandrostenolone, an anabolic steroid

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin meta ‎(turning spot in arena; goal).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

meta f (plural metas)

  1. goal.
  2. target.

Etymology 2[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

meta

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of meter
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of meter
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of meter
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of meter

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian meta.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /měːta/
  • Hyphenation: me‧ta

Noun[edit]

méta f ‎(Cyrillic spelling ме́та)

  1. target

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Slovene[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *męta.

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Noun[edit]

méta f ‎(genitive méte, nominative plural méte)

  1. mint (plant)

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin meta ‎(turning spot in arena; goal).

Noun[edit]

meta f ‎(plural metas)

  1. goal
  2. target

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

meta

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of meter.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of meter.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of meter.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of meter.

Swedish[edit]

Verb[edit]

meta ‎(present metar, preterite metade, supine metat, imperative meta)

  1. to angle for fish

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