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Originally the iterative form of stāt ‎(to stop, to halt); traditionally, it was considered a parallel form to stostīties ‎(to stutter, to stammer), and its original meaning was given as “to stop several times (e.g., while talking),” from which “to tell (a story).” But interrupted speech is not a characteristic of storytelling; it has therefore been suggested that the original meaning might have been “to put, place repeatedly, in various ways” (from Proto-Indo-European *stā- < *steh₂- “to place, to put”), from which metaphorically “to place (with words) the story in front of the hearer.” In the 17th century, there were some instances of stāstīt in the sense of skaitīt ‎(to count), but this never became frequent.[1]


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stāstīt tr. or intr., 3rd conj., pres. stāstu, stāsti, stāsta, past stāstīju

  1. to tell, to narrate (to make something known orally, by speaking)
    stāstīt pasaku — to tell a tale
    stāstīt anekdotes — to tell jokes
    stāstīt patiesību — to tell the truth
    stāstīt savus piedīvojumus — to tell one's adventures
    stāstīt atgadījumus no savas dzīves — to tell incidents from one's life
    stāstīt ceļu — to show (lit. to tell) the way (to somewhere)
    stāstīt par savu bērību — to tell about one's childhood
    stāstīt gari un plaši — to tell long and wide (i.e., everything)
    “ko nu tu, Silva, te stāsti!” Dzērvīte norāj — “what (stories) are you telling now here, Silva!” Dērvīte scolded



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  1. ^ “stāstīt” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca, in 2 vols, Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN 9984-700-12-7