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From Middle Dutch voelen, from Old Dutch *fuolen ‎(to feel), from Proto-Germanic *fōlijaną ‎(to taste, feel).

Cognate with Low German fölen, föhlen, German fühlen, West Frisian fiele, English feel.



  1. (transitive) to feel, to have sensation of
    Voel je de wind die door je haren ruist?
    Do you feel the wind that rushes through your hair?
  2. (reflexive, ditransitive) to feel, to experience a feeling
    Ik voel me niet zo goed.
    I don't feel so good.


Inflection of voelen (weak)
infinitive voelen
past singular voelde
past participle gevoeld
infinitive voelen
gerund voelen n
verbal noun
present tense past tense
1st person singular voel voelde
2nd person sing. (jij) voelt voelde
2nd person sing. (u) voelt voelde
2nd person sing. (gij) voelt voelde
3rd person singular voelt voelde
plural voelen voelden
subjunctive sing.1 voele voelde
subjunctive plur.1 voelen voelden
imperative sing. voel
imperative plur.1 voelt
participles voelend gevoeld
1) Archaic.

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