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Verb type: 1


  1. (transitive) to take
    Ota lasi pöydältä.
    Take the glass from the table.
  2. (transitive, periphrase) to take, ingest or drink (such as medicine, alcohol or drugs)
    Oletko ottanut jotakin?
    Have you been drinking/taking something?
  3. (transitive) to deprive of, bereave of
    Hallitus otti meiltä kaikki vapaudet.
    The government deprived us of all the liberties.
  4. (intransitive + illative) to touch, reach down/up to, hang down to, get caught on
    Hame ottaa lattiaan.
    The skirt hangs down to the floor.
  5. (transitive) to take on, assume, take as one's task or responsibility to (do) (+ translative or long first infinitive)
    Otin asian hoitaakseni.
    I took on taking care of the matter.
  6. (informal, auxiliary) Used to suggest that the action is sudden or impulsive; used with another verb and connected with ja (“and”).
    Kone otti ja hajosi.
    The machine (just) broke.


Indicative Conjugations

The present, imperfect, perfect, and pluperfect (past perfect) tenses in English correspond to "speaks", "spoke", "has spoken", and "had spoken".

Present tense conjugation chart

Past tense conjugation chart

Perfect tense conjugation chart

Pluperfect tense conjugation chart

Conditional Conjugations

The conditional present and perfect moods in English typically correspond to "would" and "would have".

Present tense conjugation chart

Perfect tense conjugation chart