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be-

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English

Etymology

From Old English be-. For the majority of native speakers the prefix be- is no longer productive; a possible exception to this is presented by the word besmitten and archaic usage.

Pronunciation

Prefix

be-

  1. As an intensifier; i.e. thoroughly, excessively
  2. On, around, over or in contact with something.
  3. Verbs derived from nouns (e.g. befriend, behead, benight), or from adjectives (e.g. bedim, bewet).

Derived terms


Dutch

Prefix

be- Non-separable

  1. Used to indicate that a verb is acting on a direct object (making the verb transitive).

Derived terms


German

Prefix

be-

  1. Inseparable verbal prefix that signifies working on something or change of state.
  2. Inseparable verbal prefix that signifies touching the object.
  3. Inseparable verbal prefix that signifies discussing or mentioning the object.

Usage notes

  • The verb with this prefix takes very often a direct object (i.e., an object in the accusative case).

Hungarian

Pronunciation

Prefix

be-

  1. A verb particle or prefix indicating actions with inward direction.

See also

References


Limburgish

Etymology

Germanic.

Pronunciation

Prefix

be-

  1. Inseparable verbal prefix that signifies working on something or change of state.
  2. Inseparable verbal prefix that signifies touching the object.
  3. Inseparable verbal prefix that signifies discussing or mentioning the object.

Usage notes

  • The verb with this prefix takes very often a direct object (i.e., an object in the accusative case).

Old English

Etymology

A weak form of .

Pronunciation

Prefix

be-

  1. A productive prefix usually used to form verbs and adjectives, especially:
    • verbs with the sense "around, throughout",
    • transitive verbs from intransitive verbs, adjectives and nouns.

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