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  • v. To be worth.
  • v. To be of use, have value.
  • v. To have the strength for, to be able to.
  • v. To thrive, prosper.
  • v. To furnish with a dower; to endow.


Old English dugan, from Proto-Germanic *duganan. Cognate with Dutch deugen, German taugen, Swedish duga. (Wiktionary)
From French douer, from Latin dotare. (Wiktionary)



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