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From Proto-Indo-European *peth₂-. Cognate with pandō, Oscan patensíns 'they opened', Ancient Greek πετάννυμι (petánnumi, to spread out, to spread wide) (< *peth₂-néu-) and πίτναμι (pítnami, to spread out) (< *pt-ne-h₂-), Avestan 𐬞𐬀𐬚𐬀𐬥𐬀(paθana) 'broad', and Old English fæþm (English fathom).



pateō (present infinitive patēre, perfect active patuī); second conjugation, no passive, no supine stem

  1. I am open.
  2. I am accessible, attainable.
  3. I am exposed, vulnerable.
  4. I increase or extend (said of frontiers or land)
    • Julius Caesar, De Bello Gallico:
      Fīnēs...quī in longitūdinem mīlia passuum dūcenta...patēbant.


   Conjugation of pateō (second conjugation, no supine stem, active only)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present pateō patēs patet patēmus patētis patent
imperfect patēbam patēbās patēbat patēbāmus patēbātis patēbant
future patēbō patēbis patēbit patēbimus patēbitis patēbunt
perfect patuī patuistī patuit patuimus patuistis patuērunt, patuēre
pluperfect patueram patuerās patuerat patuerāmus patuerātis patuerant
future perfect patuerō patueris patuerit patuerimus patueritis patuerint
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present pateam pateās pateat pateāmus pateātis pateant
imperfect patērem patērēs patēret patērēmus patērētis patērent
perfect patuerim patuerīs patuerit patuerīmus patuerītis patuerint
pluperfect patuissem patuissēs patuisset patuissēmus patuissētis patuissent
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present patē patēte
future patētō patētō patētōte patentō
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives patēre patuisse
participles patēns
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
patendī patendō patendum patendō

Derived termsEdit



  • pateo in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • pateo in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • pateo in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • the word has a more extended signification: vocabulum latius patet
    • I am always welcome at his house: domus patet, aperta est mihi
    • from this it appears, is apparent: inde patet, appāret
    • (ambiguous) to extend in breadth, in length: in latitudinem, in longitudinem patere
    • (ambiguous) to have a wide extent: late patere (also metaphorically vid. sect. VIII. 8)



pateo m (plural pateos)

  1. Obsolete spelling of pátio




  1. First-person singular (yo) present indicative form of patear.