về

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Vietnamese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Vietic *ve:l, from Proto-Mon-Khmer *wir (to go around, to turn around); cognate with Khmer វិល (vĭl), Bahnar wih and Muong wềl.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

về (𧗱, 𡗅)

  1. to return, to come back
    • 1922, Hồ Biểu Chánh, Ai làm được, Tín Đức Thư xã, chapter 3
      Chí Ðại lo sợ nên đi tối ngày không về nhà.
      Chí Đại was worried, so for the entire day he was away and did not return home.
    • 1956, Nam Cao, Sống mòn, Văn nghệ, part X
      Vợ Mô đi làm về, tạt qua sân, đi thẳng vào bếp của ngôi nhà lá.
      Mô's wife came back from work, crossed the yard, and went straight to the kitchen of the leaf-covered hut.

Usage notes[edit]

To express coming back from a certain activity, the word về is normally placed after the verb describing that activity, such as

đi chơi vềto go back home after going out

Derived terms[edit]