From pa- + vēlēt (“to want, to wish”). The original meaning was “to permit, to allow; to wish,” but this word was apparently influenced by the similar-sounding German befehlen (“to order, to command”), and changed its meaning accordingly.
- to order, to command (to indicate, to tell what to do)
pavēlēt kādam ierasties ― to order someone to come
“dzer!” viņš pavēlēja, un puika attaisīja pudeli un dzēra ― “drink!” he ordered, and the boy opened the bottle and drank
- (military) to order, to command (to give, to issue a formal order)
rotas komandieris pavēlēja tālāk neuzbrukt ― the company commander ordered not to attack any further
conjugation of pavēlēt