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Altered from si in the 19th century to prevent having two notes of the musical scale starting with the same letter.



te (uncountable)

  1. (music) In solfège, the seventh note of a major scale (the note B in the fixed-do system): si.


  1. tea.

te f. (plural tes)

  1. The letter T (lowercase t).

te 2 sg. weak (reinforced et, elided 't, reduced t')

  1. thee; second person weak pronoun

te m. (plural tes)

  1. The tea plant; (Camellia sinensis)
  2. tea; the product made from the leaves of the tea plant
  3. tea; a light afternoon meal at which tea is commonly served


  1. Alternative spelling of teh.

te c. (singular definite teen, plural indefinite teer)

  1. tea

te (imperative te, infinitive at te, present tense ter, past tense teede, past participle har teet)

  1. behave


  1. indicating excess: too
    Te veel is nooit goed — too much is never good
    te gek! — far out!


  1. (modifying an infinitive verb) to
    Er is iets te eten — there is something to eat
  2. (archaic) located at, in
    Te Amsterdam: in Amsterdam.


  1. (archaic) in idiom; a form of the definite article de
    Te drommel — by Jove.

This preposition used to govern the dative case. It also fused with the dative forms of the definite article:

Combinations with the nominative form of the article, like *te het or *te de have never become part of the language. The collapse of the inflection system and the related demise of the distinction between masculine and feminine gender (for most speakers) has pushed this preposition into partial disuse. It does however occur in a fair number of idiomatic expressions, often with fossilized case endings, e.g.:

te elfder ure. — at the eleventh hour.
te eigen bate — for one's own profit.

(Elfder, ure and bate are dative forms of elfde, uur and baat resp.)

te (short form of teie)

  1. you (plural and polite form).


  1. paternal aunt
  2. yam


  1. under


  1. to compact
  2. to compress
  3. to sting
  4. to swell

te n. sing.

  1. tea

n4s Singular
Indefinite Definite
Nominative te teið
Accusative te teið
Dative te(i) tenum
Genitive tes tesins

te (stem tei-)

  1. (personal) you (second-person plural; when addressing many persons or when addressing politely or formally one person).


  1. you (used as an indirect object)
    Il te donne le livre.: He gives you the book.

From Latin , dative singular form of .

te accusative (nominative ti, oblique ti, dative che)

  1. you (singular second-person personal pronoun)
  2. yourself (reflexive singular second-person personal pronoun)

From the same Uralic root *te as Finnish sinä.


  1. (personal) you (second-person singular, nominative, informal form)

te n. (te-s)

  1. tea

te (plural teo, comparative teo)

  1. warm
  2. hot

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
te the dte
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.


  1. (emphasised objective of tu) you

te (hiragana )

  1. : hand
  2. : hiragana character te
  3. : katakana character te

te (rafsi ter)

  1. refers to the x3 sumti of the following word


  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having the tone, .

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.


  1. the, the definite article, singular. (Plural: ngā)


  1. mouth
  2. door

te c.

  1. tea.


  1. if

te (unstressed accusative and reflexive form of tu)

  1. (direct object) you
    ştii de cât el te iubeşte? - do you know how much he loves you?

te f. (plural tes)

te f.

tes f.

  1. Name of the letter t.

From Latin te, accusative of tu


  1. you (familiar objective case form)
    Te voy hacer tus calzones.... — I’m going to make you shoes (from the song La Cucaracha)

First person:

Second person:

Third person:


Inflection for te Singular Plural
Neuter Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative te teet teer teerna
Genitive tes teets teers teernas

te IPA: /teː/

  1. tea.


  1. the (the definite article)
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