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From Proto-Indo-European *teng- (to think).



tongeō (present infinitive tongēre); second conjugation, no perfect

  1. (transitive, rare) I know
    A: Illam musicam tonges? B: Sic, tongeo, praeter auctorem. Me dicere posses? A: Scilicet! Si illum tongerem... B: Quod miserum, nos illum non tongemus. Quaerabimus? A: Sic, consobrinam meam interrogabo an illum tongeat. B: Bene! Ego consobrinum meum de illo rogabo.
    A: Do you know this music? B: Yes, I know it, but not the composer. Would you tell it me? A: Of course! If I knew it... B: What a pity, we don't know him. Will we search for? A: Yes, I'll ask my cousine if she knows him. B: Good! I'll ask my cousin of him.


   Conjugation of tongeo (second conjugation, defective)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present tongeō tongēs tonget tongēmus tongētis tongent
imperfect tongēbam tongēbās tongēbat tongēbāmus tongēbātis tongēbant
future tongēbō tongēbis tongēbit tongēbimus tongēbitis tongēbunt
passive present tongeor tongēris, tongēre tongētur tongēmur tongēminī tongentur
imperfect tongēbar tongēbāris, tongēbāre tongēbātur tongēbāmur tongēbāminī tongēbantur
future tongēbor tongēberis, tongēbere tongēbitur tongēbimur tongēbiminī tongēbuntur
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present tongeam tongeās tongeat tongeāmus tongeātis tongeant
imperfect tongērem tongērēs tongēret tongērēmus tongērētis tongērent
passive present tongear tongeāris, tongeāre tongeātur tongeāmur tongeāminī tongeantur
imperfect tongērer tongērēris, tongērēre tongērētur tongērēmur tongērēminī tongērentur
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present tongē tongēte
future tongētō tongētō tongētōte tongentō
passive present tongēre tongēminī
future tongētor tongētor tongentor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives tongēre tongērī
participles tongēns tongendus
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
tongēre tongendī tongendō tongendum


Derived terms[edit]


  • tongĕo in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette, page 1,581/3
  • tongeō” on page 1,948/3 of the Oxford Latin Dictionary (1st ed., 1968–82)