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habban

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The happy think a lifetime short, but to the unhappy one night can be an eternity.
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Old English

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *xaban, from Proto-Indo-European *kap- (take, seize). Cognate with Old Frisian hebba, Old Saxon hebbian (Dutch hebben), Old High German habēn (German haben), Old Norse hafa (Swedish ha, hava), Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌱𐌰𐌽. The IE root is also the source of Latin capere, Old Irish cacht (Welsh caeth ‘slave’, Breton keaz ‘poor’), Albanian kap ‘grip’, Slavic *xopītī- (Old Church Slavonic хапѭште, Russian хапать), Baltic *kap- (Lithuanian kàpteleti, Latvian kàmpt ‘bite’).

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈhɑbːɑn/

Verb

habban

  1. to have, to possess
    Ic hæbbe geweald micel. I have much power.
  2. (auxiliary) have (used with a participle to express the perfect tense)
    Ðas þing we habbaþ be him gewritene. We have written these things about him.

Conjugation

Class 3 weak
present singular plural
1st person hæbbe habbaþ
2nd person hæfst
3rd person hæfþ, hafaþ
subjunctive hæbbe hæbben
preterite singular plural
1st person hæfde hæfdon
2nd person hæfdest
3rd person hæfde
subjunctive hæfde hæfden
imperative singular plural
hafa habbaþ
participle present past
hæbbende (ġe)hæfd


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