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Middle DutchEdit


From Old Dutch blīvan, from Proto-Germanic *bilībaną.




  1. to become
  2. to stay, to remain
  3. to die, to perish
  4. to give birth


Strong class 1
Infinitive bliven
3rd sg. past blêef
3rd pl. past blēven
Past participle geblēven
Infinitive bliven
In genitive blivens
In dative blivene
Indicative Present Past
1st singular blive blêef
2nd singular blijfs, blives blēefs, blēves
3rd singular blijft, blivet blêef
1st plural bliven blēven
2nd plural blijft, blivet blēeft, blēvet
3rd plural bliven blēven
Subjunctive Present Past
1st singular blive blēve
2nd singular blijfs, blives blēves
3rd singular blive blēve
1st plural bliven blēven
2nd plural blijft, blivet blēvet
3rd plural bliven blēven
Imperative Present
Singular blijf, blive
Plural blijft, blivet
Present Past
Participle blivende geblēven

Derived termsEdit


Further readingEdit

  • bliven (II)”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • bliven”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, 1929



past participle of bli.


bliven (not comparable)

  1. having become
    De nyligen blivna föräldrarna bjöds på tårta.
    The recently become parents were treated to cake.


Inflection of bliven
Indefinite Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular bliven
Neuter singular blivet
Plural blivna
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 blivne
All blivna
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in the predicative.



  1. Obsolete plural form of blir, present tense of bli. 2nd person only.
  2. Obsolete plural form of bli, imperative of bli. 2nd person only.
    Flyn, rädden edra liv, och bliven som torra buskar i öknen.
    Flee, save your lives, and be like the heath in the wilderness. (Jeremiah 48:6)