spend- / Indo-European roots

Examples of words with the root spend-: despond, espouse, respond, spondee, sponsor, spouse.


To make an offering, perform a rite, hence to engage oneself by a ritual act.

O-grade from *spond-.
1. Suffixed form *spond-eyo-. sponsor, spouse; despond, espouse, respond from Latin spondēre, to make a solemn promise, pledge, betroth.
2. Suffixed form *spond-ā-. spondee from Greek spondē, libation, offering.

[Pokorny spend- 989.]

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