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Verb type: 1


  1. (transitive) to put on, don (clothes; often with päälle)
    On niin kylmä että pitää pukea takki (päälle).
    It's so cold that I have to put a coat on.
  2. (transitive) to dress (up), clothe (a person)
    pukea hienoksi ― to dress up (in fine clothes)
    samettiin puettu ― velvet-clad
    Olen vasta pukemassa päälleni.
    I'm still getting dressed.
  3. (figuratively, transitive) to express in some form, formulate, turn into (+ translative/illative)
    pukea sanoiksi ― to express in words
    pukea runomuotoon ― to express as poetry, turn into poetry
  4. (figuratively, transitive) to make look a certain way; paint, cover, decorate, adorn, etc. (+ illative/translative)
    lumi pukee maan valkeaan ― snow paints the ground white
  5. (figuratively, transitive, usually atelic) to suit, become
    Tuo hattu pukee sinua.
    That hat becomes you.
    Kyyneleet eivät pue sinua.
    Tears don't suit you.


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