saprast

LatvianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From sa- +‎ prast (to know how, to be able to). The meaning of this word stabilized during the 19th century; before that, it could often mean the same as prast: “to know how,” “to be able to.”[1]

VerbEdit

saprast tr., 1st conj., pres. saprotu, saproti, saprot, past sapratu

  1. to understand (to perceive something by using concepts, notions, judgments in one's mind)
    saprast mākslas darbus — to understand works of art
    saprast drauga pārdzīvojumus — to understand a friend's experiences
    saprast sabiedrības attistības virzību — to understand the development path of society
  2. to understand (to know, to grasp the meaning of something, what someone means)
    saprast dažus vārdus angļu valodā — to understand a few words in English
    saprast žestu — to understand a gesture
    Eiropa mūs nesapratīs — Europe won't understand us
    viņš sveicināja un sacīja kaut ko, bet neviens viņa nesaprata, jo viņš nerunā latviski — he saluted and said something, but nobody understood him, because he doesn't speak Latvian
    ar vārdu “zeme” saprotam mēs daudz — by (lit. with) the word “earth” we understand (= mean) a lot

ConjugationEdit

ReferencesEdit

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