Latin edit

Etymology 1 edit

From lubet, from Proto-Italic *luβēt, from Proto-Indo-European stative *lubʰ-eh₁-(ye)-ti, from Proto-Indo-European *lewbʰ- (to love, care for, desire). Cognate with English love, German lieben, Liebe, Russian любить (ljubitʹ), Sanskrit लुभ्यति (lubhyati).

The unrounding of [u] to [i] is a regular sound change between /l/ and a labial consonant; see also līber (free), liber (book), and clipeus.

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Pronunciation edit

Verb edit

libet (present infinitive libēre, perfect active libuit or libitum est); second conjugation, no passive

  1. (with dative) to be pleasing; to be agreeable
Usage notes edit

Designates pleasure in something desired, while placeō in something recognised as right.

Conjugation edit
   Conjugation of libet (second conjugation, mostly impersonal, active only)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present libet
imperfect libēbat
future libēbit
perfect libuit,
libitum est
pluperfect libuerat,
libitum erat
future perfect libuerit,
libitum erit
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present libeat
imperfect libēret
perfect libuerit,
libitum sit
pluperfect libuisset,
libitum esset
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives libēre libuisse,
libitum esse
participles libēns libitum
Derived terms edit

Etymology 2 edit

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Pronunciation edit

Verb edit


  1. third-person singular present active subjunctive of lībō

References edit

  • libet”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • libet”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • libet in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.

Maltese edit

4 terms

Etymology edit

From Arabic لَبَثَ (labaṯa).

Pronunciation edit

Verb edit

libet (imperfect jilbet, past participle milbut, active participle liebet, verbal noun lbit)

  1. to shrink, draw back, cower fearfully (as in a corner)
  2. to flee, run away (as of an animal with a flight instinct)

Conjugation edit

    Conjugation of libet
singular plural
1st person 2nd person 3rd person 1st person 2nd person 3rd person
perfect m lbitt lbitt libet lbitna lbittu libtu
f libtet
imperfect m nilbet tilbet jilbet nilbtu tilbtu jilbtu
f tilbet
imperative ilbet ilbtu

Norman edit

Etymology edit

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Noun edit

libet m (plural libets)

  1. (Jersey, fishing) hoop net