This Proto-Indo-European entry contains reconstructed words and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.




  1. to be able

Derived termsEdit

  • *(me-)mógʰ-e ~ *(me-)m̥gʰ-ḗr ((possibly unreduplicated?) stative)
  • *megʰ-óm
    • Proto-Indo-Iranian: *magʰám
  • *megʰ-ú-s
  • *mogʰ-tis? (probably secondary from the verb, o-grade would not be expected)
    • Balto-Slavic:
      • Slavic: (possibly) *moťь (see there for further descendants)
    • Proto-Germanic: *mahtiz (see there for further descendants)
  • *mogʰ-tus? (as above)
  • Unsorted formations:
    • Proto-Germanic: *maginą (see there for further descendants)


  1. ^ Pokorny, Julius (1959), “magh-: māgh-”, in Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch [Indo-European Etymological Dictionary] (in German), volume II, Bern, München: Francke Verlag, pages 695
  2. ^ Kroonen, Guus (2013) Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 11), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 373
  3. ^ Derksen, Rick (2015), “magėti”, in Etymological Dictionary of the Baltic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 13), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, pages 297-298