Dutch edit

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /bəˈɣeːvə(n)/
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  • Hyphenation: be‧ge‧ven
  • Rhymes: -eːvən

Etymology 1 edit

From Middle Dutch begeven. Equivalent to be- +‎ geven.

Verb edit


  1. (intransitive, with het as object) to give way, to collapse, to break down
    De brug begaf het.
    The bridge collapsed.
  2. (reflexive) to go (somewhere), move towards
    zich naar huis begeven
    to go home
Inflection edit
Inflection of begeven (strong class 5, prefixed)
infinitive begeven
past singular begaf
past participle begeven
infinitive begeven
gerund begeven n
present tense past tense
1st person singular begeef begaf
2nd person sing. (jij) begeeft begaf
2nd person sing. (u) begeeft begaf
2nd person sing. (gij) begeeft begaaft
3rd person singular begeeft begaf
plural begeven begaven
subjunctive sing.1 begeve begave
subjunctive plur.1 begeven begaven
imperative sing. begeef
imperative plur.1 begeeft
participles begevend begeven
1) Archaic.

Etymology 2 edit

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Participle edit


  1. past participle of begeven
Inflection edit
Inflection of begeven
uninflected begeven
inflected begeven
predicative/adverbial begeven
indefinite m./f. sing. begeven
n. sing. begeven
plural begeven
definite begeven
partitive begevens

Middle Dutch edit

Etymology edit

From be- +‎ geven.

Verb edit


  1. to abandon, to forsake
  2. to leave
  3. to stop, to cease
  4. to retreat (into a convent)

Inflection edit

This verb needs an inflection-table template.

Descendants edit

  • Dutch: begeven
  • Limburgish: begaeve

Further reading edit