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mīlēt

LatvianEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From mīls, a dialectal variant of mīļš (dear, beloved) (q.v.). This verb was originally in the 2nd conjugation, but it migrated to the 3rd (mīlē > mīl “s/he loves”; mīlē still occurs in some dialects). Cognates include Lithuanian mylė́ti (to love), Old Prussian milijt ([mīlīt]), Sudovian mildat ([mildāt]?).[1]

VerbEdit

mīlēt tr., 3rd conj., pres. mīlu, mīli, mīl, past mīlēju

  1. to love, to feel love for (to desire a romantic relation with someone, to be romantically attracted to someone)
    mēs viens otru neprātīgi mīlējām — we loved each other madly
    mīlēt šo sievieti bijā viņa liktenis — to love this woman was his fate
    es iešu tikai pie tā cilvēka, kuru mīlēšu — I will go (= marry) only that person (= man) whom I (will) love
  2. to love, to feel love for (to have strong positive, non-romantic feelings for someone)
    mīlēt bērnus — to love (one's) children
    mīlēt tēvu, māti — to love (one's) father, mother
    mīlēt savu dzimteni — to love one's family
    darbabiedri viņu mīl — his co-workers love him
    mīlēt darbu — to love (one's) work
    mīlēt dabu — to love nature
    mīlēt puķes, dzīvniekus — to love flowers, animals
    mīlēt mūziku — to love music
    mīlēt daiļliteratūru — to love fiction
    mīlēt tīrību, kārtību — to love cleanliness, order
    mitrumu mīloši augi — moisture-loving plants (i.e., plants who need more moisture than average)

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ “mīlēt” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca, in 2 vols, Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN: 9984-700-12-7