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LatvianEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From mīls, a dialectal variant of mīļš(dear, beloved) (q.v.). This verb was originally in the 2nd conjugation, but it migrated to the 3rd (mīlē > mīl “s/he loves”; mīlē still occurs in some dialects). Cognates include Lithuanian mylė́ti(to love), Old Prussian milijt([mīlīt]), Sudovian mildat([mildāt]?).[1]

VerbEdit

mīlēt tr., 3rd conj., pres. mīlu, mīli, mīl, past mīlēju

  1. to love, to feel love for (to desire a romantic relation with someone, to be romantically attracted to someone)
    mēs viens otru neprātīgi mīlējām‎ ― we loved each other madly
    mīlēt šo sievieti bijā viņa liktenis‎ ― to love this woman was his fate
    es iešu tikai pie tā cilvēka, kuru mīlēšu‎ ― I will go (= marry) only that person (= man) whom I (will) love
  2. to love, to feel love for (to have strong positive, non-romantic feelings for someone)
    mīlēt bērnus‎ ― to love (one's) children
    mīlēt tēvu, māti‎ ― to love (one's) father, mother
    mīlēt savu dzimteni‎ ― to love one's family
    darbabiedri viņu mīl‎ ― his co-workers love him
    mīlēt darbu‎ ― to love (one's) work
    mīlēt dabu‎ ― to love nature
    mīlēt puķes, dzīvniekus‎ ― to love flowers, animals
    mīlēt mūziku‎ ― to love music
    mīlēt daiļliteratūru‎ ― to love fiction
    mīlēt tīrību, kārtību‎ ― to love cleanliness, order
    mitrumu mīloši augi‎ ― moisture-loving plants (i.e., plants who need more moisture than average)

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “mīlēt”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN 9984-700-12-7