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a handfulnɩsɩŋ sɩɩŋna handful
a kinf of antchelibiena kind of ant1.6.1.7Insect
aardvarknambugonaardvark1.6.1.1Mammal
abandonyuori 3vto give up, abandonNɩaa fa yʋga a mʋmʋ chɛɛchɩ, ama lɛɛlɛ ba kala yuoro nɛ.Many people used to go to church, but they have given it up.leŋ 4vto abandon, leave behindBa dɩa bɩ sʋʋ la leŋe kaala lɛ.They did not leave the corpse in the compound yesterday.
abandoned housejikpeeŋnruined, abandoned house
able to do sth.wuo 1vto be able to do sth.Mɩ jaŋ wuo jɩl basikuuri.I can ride a bicycle.
abortion-medicine made from leavessusuŋnmedicine made from leaves2.5.7.2Medicine
aboutyi 2vto be aboutƲ yi jɩsɩŋ fii.She is about 10 years old.
about to do sth.chɛ (plus obj.) 2vto be about to do sth.Mɩ naaŋ nɩɩ chɛ ʋ sʋʋ.My mother is about to die.
abovekɩɩadv.to be more than, above, exceedƲ kɛŋ doluŋ kɩɩmɛ.He has more power than I have.
abscessmɔpʋla 1nboil, abscess2.5Health
absenttuolocto be absent, not there, be awayƲ bala tuo ʋ jaŋ lɛ.Her husband is not in the village.
absorb sth.pʋŋ 1vto absorb sth., swellƲ sɩŋ gaarɩ nɛ ʋ pʋŋ.She soaked gari and it absorbed water.
absurd-kpuŋkpereadjpeculiar, strange, funny, absurddiibiikpuŋkperestrange bird
abusetʋʋsɛvto insult, abuseDɩ ŋ nɛ tʋʋsɛmɛ, mɩna bɩŋ tʋʋsɛ.Even if you insult me, I will not abuse you back.3.5.1.8.2Insult
acceptsɛɩ 1vto believe, agree, approve, accept, consentDɩ ŋ nɛ sɛyɛ, mɩ jaŋ pɩŋ kʋŋ. If you agree with me I will give you sth.laa 1vto get, receive, accept, takeMá laa kʋdiilee.Have some food!
accesswombiiŋ 3npermission, access, opportunity
accompanypɛ ... lɛ 1v phrto be with, join, accompany, help, assistPɛ mɩ lɛ la mʋ yɔbɔ.Accompany me to the market.
achewɩɩvhurt, acheMɩ nyuŋ wɩɩ nɛ.My head is aching.2.5Health2.5.1Sick2.2Body functions
acknowledgesɛɩ 2vto respond, answer, acknowledgeBaal la yɩrɛ bile, ʋ sɛɩ.The man called the child and he answered.
acquainted withmalvto be acquainted with, used to, familiar withMɩ gʋnnɛ luori la mal nɛ.I have learnt to drive a car and now I am used to it.
act surreptitiouslygɩrɩsɛ 2vto act surreptitiouslyMɩ jaŋ gɩrɩsa ŋmobuŋ.I will sneak an opportunity to hit you.
acting in ignorancejɩŋ...bʋbʋɔŋ 1v phrto understandMɩ jɩŋ wɩɩ la ʋ sɩ bʋla bʋbʋɔŋ.I understand what he said.id. Mɩ jɩŋ ŋ bʋbʋɔŋ.I know your character.
actionwɩɩŋ 2nmatter, business, actionƲ bɩ jaŋ ŋaa wɩɩkala.It does not matter.wʋŋaalɩŋndeed, action, activity
addpùllìvto mix, add, diluteJoŋ yoŋ la pulli dɩsɩ la lɛ.Add the broth to the soup.2vto put in, addMɩ time bɩ yʋgɛ, hɛ moribiee pɩmɛ.My pay is not enough, give me more money.