tarvita

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Etymology[edit]

Possibly from Proto-Indo-European *terp-. Possible cognates: Old English þurfan and German Bedarf.

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  • Hyphenation: tar‧vi‧ta

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tarvita

  1. (transitive) to need, require
    Tarvitsemme lisää paperia.
    We need more paper.
    Tarvitsen sen paperin.
    I need that paper.
  2. (transitive) to come in handy (to be useful or helpful)
    Vaikka hän ei osaa käyttää niitä, hän säilyttää työkaluja ajatellen, että niitä voidaan tarvita jonakin päivänä.
    Even though he doesn't really know how to use them, he keeps the tools around, figuring they might come in handy someday.
  3. (intransitive, impersonal) genitive + 3rd-pers. singular = to need (to do something), have (to do something).
    Ei sinun tarvitse mennä sinne.
    You don't have to go there.

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