Possibly from metathesis of a Vulgar Latin aucupāre, from Latin aucupārī, present active infinitive of aucupor. Other theories suggest Latin occupāre, present active infinitive of occupō, with meaning influenced by or confused with the former. Compare Aromanian apuc, apucari.


a apuca (third-person singular present apucă, past participle apucat1st conj.

  1. to grab, grip, grasp, seize
  2. (reflexive, figuratively) to start to (do something), begin to (undertake something, endeavor to)
  3. (reflexive, figuratively) to undertake (a task), endeavor to, occupy oneself with, busy oneself with
  4. (figuratively) to get to (do something) (+ subjunctive)


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