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- A boundary or other limit; a boundary-marker.
Old English metan, from Germanic *meta-, from Indo-European *med- (“‘measure, consider’”). Cognate with Dutch meten, German messen, Swedish mäta; and (from Indo-European) with Greek μέδεσθαι (médesthai), “‘care for’”), Latin mētīrī (“‘to measure’”).
Third person singular
- (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To measure.
- (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To dispense, measure (out), allot (especially punishment, reward etc.).
- Plural form of meta.
From Old English "mēte" Note: The oldest root according to multiple sources is the Old English. However, there the Indo-European Root mē- has multiple entries and variants. For an online reference check Bartleby.com's list of Indo-European Roots (Note: Begin there but use the navigation link on their site to explore the next four entries for the root word).
mēte Middle English alternative spelling of mēte: met, methe, meate, meit(e, mette, meitte, mate & (early) mæte, (sg. gen. mætes), Pl. mtes & mten.)
- boundary, target, point, position
mēte Middle English alternative spelling of mēte: meten, meete
- to dream
- to meet, come together
mēte Middle English alternative spelling of mēte: meete
- suitable, fitting, appropriate
- pleasing, also accommodating and useful
- right shape or size, well-fitting
Common Germanic *matiz
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