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See also: Bei, bèi, Bèi, bēi, běi, bei-, be'i, and bé-í

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BauroEdit

NounEdit

bei

  1. water

ReferencesEdit

  • Sidney Herbert Ray, A Comparative Study of the Melanesian Island Languages (2014), page 481: Bauro bei "water"

Central FranconianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old High German .

PronunciationEdit

PrepositionEdit

bei (+ dative or accusative)

  1. (most dialects) at; with; by; near; (close) to
    Jank bei der Wage on waat do op mich!
    Go to the car and wait there for me!

Derived termsEdit

  • derbei
  • beim, bem (contraction with the masculine and neuter dative of the definite article)

DutchEdit

Etymology 1Edit

NounEdit

bei f (plural beien, diminutive beitje n)

  1. (obsolete) berry

SynonymsEdit

Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Borrowed from Turkish bey.

NounEdit

bei n (plural beien)

  1. (historical) bey, beg (historical Turkish official)

FaroeseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English bye.

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

bei

  1. bye, goodbye

GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German , from Old High German , from Proto-Germanic *bi. More at by.

PronunciationEdit

PrepositionEdit

bei (+ dative)

  1. (locative) by; near
    die Bank bei der Kirchethe bench by the church
    die Bäckerei beim Bahnhofthe bakery near the train station
  2. (with a person, family, shop) at
    Ich schlafe bei Peter.I’m sleeping at Peter’s [place].
    Ich bin beim Metzger.I'm at the butcher’s.
  3. (with an organization or company) for; at; in
    bei der Firma arbeitento work for the firm
    das Arbeitsklima bei Schmidt & Co.
    the working atmosphere at Schmidt & Co.
  4. (formal, reflexive) with; on
    Er hat es nicht bei sich.He doesn’t have it on him.
    → for which usually: Er hat es nicht dabei.
  5. (with an event considered certain) upon, at the time of
    bei Abfahrt des Zugesupon departure of the train
  6. (with an event considered theoretical) in case of, in the event of
    bei Hochwasserin case of flooding
  7. (with a continuing activity or condition) during; while; during the existence of
    bei der Arbeitduring work
    beim Lesen des Texteswhile reading the text
    bei Schneewhen there is snow
  8. (with an item that implies an activity) over; during
    bei einem Glas Weinover a glass of wine (that is, while drinking it)
    bei einem Filmduring a film (that is, while watching it)
  9. (dated, in a postal address) care of
    Frau Tina Müller bei Firma Schmidt & Co.Mrs Tina Müller, care of Schmidt & Co.
  10. (now dialectal, nonstandard, western and northern Germany, with accusative) with, to, towards
    Leg dat bei die andern Sachen!Put that with the other things!
    Komm ma bei mich!Come to me!

Usage notesEdit

  • When bei is followed by the definite article dem (the), the two words contract to beim. However, when dem is a demonstrative pronoun, no contraction occurs. Compare:
Der Baum steht zu nah beim Haus. – “The tree is too close to the house.”
Der Baum steht zu nah bei dem Haus da hinten. – “The tree is too close to that house over there.”
  • (with, to, towards): In many dialects, and historically in literary style, bei could express movement, requiring then the accusative case. This is in conflict with modern standard rules, for which reason this usage is becoming rare. Note, however, that the adverb dabei is still fairly common in regional speech: Kommt noch was dabei? – “Do you want anything else with that?” (for which dazu is proper standard). — Modern standard German features some relicts of the earlier usage in compounds such as herbei, beiseite, beilegen, beitreten, etc. Compare also the idiom “Butter bei die Fische”. Compare further Dutch bij for which all such constructions are perfect standard.

Derived termsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • bei in Duden online

ItalianEdit

JapaneseEdit

RomanizationEdit

bei

  1. Rōmaji transcription of べい

LojbanEdit

PronunciationEdit

CmavoEdit

bei

  1. separates "internal" sumti which are subordinated through "be" to a given (possibly "sumti-fied") selbri
    ti zbasu lo takybli lo kliti sepi'o lo glanejni
    This makes bricks out of clay using heat.
    ti zbasu be lo takybli bei lo kliti bei sepi'o lo glanejni
    This makes bricks out of clay using heat.

RafsiEdit

bei (or alternate rafsi bev )

  1. rafsi of bevri (carries/hauls/bears/transports).

LuxembourgishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old High German , from Proto-Germanic *bi.

PronunciationEdit

PrepositionEdit

bei

  1. by, next to, near
    De Schlëssel läit bei der Dier.
    The key is by the door.
  2. at, to (the home or workplace of someone)
    Gëschter den Nomëtteg sinn ech bei den Dokter gaangen.
    Yesterday afternoon I went to the doctor's.
  3. with
    Wunns du nach bei dengen Elteren?
    Do you still live with your parents?
  4. during

Usage notesEdit

  • The term bei is usually used with the dative case, unless it is used to express movement towards a particular place, then the accusative case is used.

MandarinEdit

RomanizationEdit

bei (Zhuyin ㄅㄟ˙)

  1. Pinyin transcription of ,
  2. Pinyin transcription of

bei

  1. Nonstandard spelling of bēi.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of běi.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of bèi.

Usage notesEdit

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

MereiEdit

NounEdit

bei

  1. water

ReferencesEdit

  • Ying Shing Anthony Chung, A Descriptive Grammar of Merei (Vanuatu) (2005)

Pennsylvania GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Compare German bei, Dutch bij, English by.

PrepositionEdit

bei

  1. near
  2. at, at the house of
  3. amidst, among
  4. by
  5. in
  6. with
  7. during

PortugueseEdit

NounEdit

bei m (plural beis)

  1. bey (governor of a Turkish dominion)

RomanianEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

bei

  1. second-person singular present tense form of bea.
    ce bei?
    what are you drinking?
  2. second-person singular subjunctive form of bea.
    vrei să bei ceva?
    do you want to drink something?

RoroEdit

SwahiliEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Arabic بَيْع (bayʿ).

NounEdit

bei (n class, plural bei)

  1. price (cost required to gain possession of something)

VolapükEdit

PrepositionEdit

a bei

  1. by