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LatvianEdit

EtymologyEdit

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.[1]

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [pavɛ̄ːlɛ̂ːt]
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VerbEdit

pavēlēt tr., 3rd conj., pres. pavēlu, pavēli, pavēl, past pavēlēju

  1. 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
  2. (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

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ReferencesEdit

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