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EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Baltic *kļūti[1], from *klʲū-, from the reduced grade *klʲū- of *klew-, *klū-, from the stem *kel- (to bend) (whence also kļaut (to hug, to press against one's heart) and kļūda (error, mistake)). The semantic change was probably “to bend, to be bent” > “to get stuck, to stay (somewhere)” > “to stay, get (somewhere)” > “to become.” Cognates include Lithuanian kliū́ti (to catch, to be caught, delayed; to undertake; to hit (target); to disturb, to be an obstacle; to obtain, to get, to reach) and Proto-Slavic *kľьvati (to peck, to bite).

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VerbEdit

kļūt intr., 1st conj., pres. kļūstu, kļūsti, kļūst, past kļuvu

  1. to become

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “kļūt”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, →ISBN