Dutch edit

Etymology edit

From Middle Dutch bepalen (to put poles on/around). Equivalent to paal +‎ be- -en.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /bəˈpaːlə(n)/
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  • Hyphenation: be‧pa‧len
  • Rhymes: -aːlən

Verb edit


  1. (transitive) to determine, to figure out
    Dat is bepaald door de wet.
    That is determined by law.
  2. (transitive) to determine, to decide, to choose
  3. (reflexive) to limit oneself, to restrain oneself, to contain oneself
    In de toekomst, ik zal proberen tot alleen twee per dag mezelf te bepalen.
    In the future, I will try to limit myself to only two per day.

Inflection edit

Inflection of bepalen (weak, prefixed)
infinitive bepalen
past singular bepaalde
past participle bepaald
infinitive bepalen
gerund bepalen n
present tense past tense
1st person singular bepaal bepaalde
2nd person sing. (jij) bepaalt bepaalde
2nd person sing. (u) bepaalt bepaalde
2nd person sing. (gij) bepaalt bepaalde
3rd person singular bepaalt bepaalde
plural bepalen bepaalden
subjunctive sing.1 bepale bepaalde
subjunctive plur.1 bepalen bepaalden
imperative sing. bepaal
imperative plur.1 bepaalt
participles bepalend bepaald
1) Archaic.

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Descendants edit

  • Afrikaans: bepaal
  • Papiamentu: bepaal (dated)