From Proto-Indo-Aryan *páHti, from Proto-Indo-Iranian *páHti, from Proto-Indo-European *peh₂- (“to protect”). Cognate with Old Persian 𐎱𐎠𐎮𐎹 (pādiy), Latin pascō, Mycenaean Greek 𐀡𐀕 (po-me).
पाति • (pā́ti) (cl.2 P. root √pā)
- to watch, keep, preserve
- to protect from, defend against (+ ablative)
- to protect (a country) i.e. rule, govern
- to observe, notice, attend to, follow