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This Proto-Slavic 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.


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  1. to want, to wish
  2. to be about to


This verb is found in two variants, with *xot- and *xъt-. The inflection probably contained both stems in alternation, possibly like *bьrati ~ beretь. However, the original distribution of the two stem alternants is unknown, so both are treated as separate lemmas.


West Slavic and Bulgarian have generalized the stem *xъt-, while East Slavic has generalized *xot-. Slovene preserves both as independent verbs, but only the latter is standard and still widely used. Serbo-Croatian preserves both stems alternating within a single paradigm; possibly an archaism.