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Old English

Verb

frēoġan (class 2 weak)

  1. to free, to liberate
    Freo hine on ðam seofoðan geare: free him in the seventh year. (Deuteronomy)
  2. to like, to love, to honour
    Ic ðec for sunu wylle freogan: I will love you as a son. (Beowulf)

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /'fɹe:ojan/

Etymology

From Germanic *frijōn-, from Indo-European *prāy-, *prēy-. Germanic cognates include Old Saxon friehan (Dutch vrijen (have sex, have a relationship etc.) ), Old High Norse fria ‘free’, frjá ‘love’, Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌹𐌾𐍉𐌽. The IE root is also the source of Greek πραυς, Slavonic *prьjatī (Old Church Slavonic прити, Russian приять ‘friend’), Old Irish ríar (Welsh rhydd ‘free’).

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