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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English begripen, bigripen, from Old English begrīpan (to grip, seize, lay hold of; chide), from Proto-Germanic *bigrīpaną, equivalent to be- (around, about) +‎ gripe. Cognate with Dutch begrijpen (to grasp, comprehend), German begreifen (to grasp, comprehend, realise, understand), Swedish begripa (to grasp, understand).

VerbEdit

begripe (third-person singular simple present begripes, present participle begriping, simple past and past participle begriped)

  1. (transitive) To lay hold of; apprehend; grip; grasp.
    • 1865, Dante Alighieri, The Comedy of Dante Allighieri. [sic]: Part I--The Hell:
      He, with his middle feet, begriped his paunch, And took the arms with the anterior; And then he bit both one and other cheek.
    • 1899, Sir Thomas Malory, Sir Edward Strachey, William Caxton, Le morte Darthur:
      And as for this sword there shall never man begripe it at the handle but one, but he shall pass all other. In the name of God, said Percivale, I shall essay to handle it. So he set his hand to the sword, but he might not begripe it.

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Middle DutchEdit

Norwegian BokmålEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Low German begripen, compare with Danish begribe

VerbEdit

begripe (imperative begrip, present tense begriper, passive begripes, simple past begrep or begreip, past participle begrepet, present participle begripende)

  1. to grasp, understand, comprehend

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Norwegian NynorskEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Low German begripen

VerbEdit

begripe (present tense begrip, past tense begreip, past participle begripe, passive infinitive begripast, present participle begripande, imperative begrip)

  1. to grasp, understand, comprehend

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West FrisianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Frisian bigrīpa, from Proto-Germanic *bigrīpaną, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *gʰreyb-. Equivalent to be- +‎ gripe.

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

begripe

  1. to understand, to comprehend

InflectionEdit

Strong class 1
infinitive begripe
3rd singular past begriep
past participle begrepen
infinitive begripe
long infinitive begripen
gerund begripen n
indicative present tense past tense
1st singular begryp begriep
2nd singular begrypst begriepst
3rd singular begrypt begriep
plural begripe begriepen
imperative begryp
participles begripend begrepen

Further readingEdit

  • begripe”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011