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Most likely from Proto-Finno-Ugric *walka- or *wïlka- ‎(to descend, go down). Cognate with Finnish valkama ‎(boat-shore, spot on the banks where a path across ice or water starts, haven), Northern Sami vuolgit ‎(to go, leave, depart, be, become, go out from), Meadow Mari волем ‎(volem, to go down, fall), and Northern Mansi vaᵞi̮li ‎(to descend, be killed by a bear).[1] Possibly contaminated with the meaning "become", based off the root val-/vol- found in való ‎(suitable, real, existing) and in some conjugations of the verb van ‎(to be, exist) (volt, volna). The latter root comes from Proto-Finno-Ugric *wole- ‎(to be, become).


  • IPA(key): [ˈvaːlik]
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: vá‧lik



  1. (intransitive) to become, turn into
    a vér nem válik vízzé‎ ― blood is thicker than water, literally: the blood does not become water
  2. (intransitive) to divorce (to legally dissolve a marriage between two people) (followed by -tól/-től)
    Elvált a férjétől.‎ ― She divorced her husband.


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  1. ^ Álgu etymological database, entry #81933 (language: Hungarian, word: válik)