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When we understand that man is the only animal who must create meaning, who must open a wedge into neutral nature, we already understand the essence of love. Love is the problem of an animal who must find life, create a dialogue with nature in order to experience his own being.
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English

Etymology 1

A sound uttered in imitation of clearing the throat

Pronunciation

Interjection

hem!

  1. Used to fill in the gap of a pause with a vocalized sound.

Noun

Singular
hem

Plural
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hem ({{{1}}})
  1. Someone who is afraid of change to the point of total inaction. (From a book by Spencer Johnson, M.D., Who moved my cheese, about a character who was always against change.)

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Etymology 2

From Middle English in turn from Old English and related to Middle High German hemmen meaning "to hem in".

Noun

Singular
hem

Plural
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hem ({{{1}}})
  1. The border of an article of clothing doubled back and stitched together.
  2. A rim or margin of something.
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Verb

Infinitive
to hem

Third person singular
hem

Simple past
ing

Past participle
-

Present participle
m

to hem (third-person singular simple present hem, present participle m, simple past and past participle ing)
  1. (intransitive) (in sewing) To make a hem.
  2. (intransitive) (in speaking) To make a sound like hem (usually coupled with "haw" as in "hemmed and hawed.")
  3. (transitive): To put hem on an article of clothing, to edge or put a border on something.
  4. (transitive): To surround something or someone in a confining way.
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Dutch

Pronoun

hem

  1. (personal) Third-person singular, masculine, objective: him.
    Stuur dat maar naar hem. — Send that to him.

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See Dictionary:Dutch inflection

Latin

Interjection

hem!

  1. eh?, well well! (expressing surprise)

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Swedish

Pronunciation

Noun

hem

  1. home; one's dwelling place, as in a house or a more general geographical place; the abiding place of the affections.

Adverb

hem

  1. to one's home

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Turkish

Etymology

From Persian

Adverb

hem

  1. and also

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