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Most likely from Proto-Finno-Ugric *walka- or *wïlka- (to descend, go down). Cognate with Finnish valkama (boat-shore, spot on the banks where a path across ice or water starts, haven), Northern Sami vuolgit (to go, leave, depart, be, become, go out from), Meadow Mari волем (volem, to go down, fall), and Northern Mansi vaᵞi̮li (vaᵞi̮li, to descend, be killed by a bear).[1] Possibly contaminated with the meaning "become", based off the root val-/vol- found in való (suitable, real, existing) and in some conjugations of the verb van (to be, exist) (volt, volna). The latter root comes from Proto-Finno-Ugric *wole- (to be, become).


  • IPA(key): [ˈvaːlik]
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  • Hyphenation: vá‧lik



  1. (intransitive) to become, turn into (something -vá/-vé)
    Synonyms: változik, átváltozik, alakul, átalakul
    a vér nem válik vízzéblood is thicker than water, literally: the blood does not become water
  2. (intransitive) to separate, to part (from something -tól/-től)
    Synonyms: elválik, különválik, szétválik
    • 1995, Lajos Parti Nagy, Esti kréta, Jelenkor. From the poem Nyár, némafilm (’Summer, silent film’ – translation by Kinga Dornacher and Stephen Humphreys, published under the title Europink in 1999)
      Ma bolyhos csönd a nyár, keringő vattazápor, / válik a nyár, fehér bohóc a cirkuszától
      This quiet summer day is a shower-waltz of wooldust, / the aspen’s parting – sad pierrot leaves his circus
  3. (intransitive) to divorce (to legally dissolve a marriage between two people) (from someone -tól/-től)
    Synonym: elválik
    Válik a férjétől.She is divorcing her husband.


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