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eke

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[ eek ]
/ ik /
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verb (used with object), eked, ek·ing.
to increase; enlarge; lengthen.
Verb Phrases
eke out,
  1. to make (a living) or support (existence) laboriously: They managed to eke out a living by farming a small piece of land.
  2. to supplement; add to; stretch: to eke out an income with odd jobs.
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Origin of eke

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before 1000; Middle English eken,Old English ēac(i)an (intransitive), derivative of ēaca (noun) increase; Middle English echen,Old English ēcan, variant of īecan (transitive) <West Germanic *aukjan; both akin to Old Norse auka,Gothic aukan,Latin augēre,Greek auxánein to increase, amplify

Other definitions for eke (2 of 2)

eke2
[ eek ]
/ ik /

adverb Archaic.

Origin of eke

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before 900; Middle English eek,Old English ēc, ēac; cognate with German auch,Old Norse, Gothic auk
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British Dictionary definitions for eke (1 of 2)

eke1
/ (iːk) /

verb
(tr) archaic to increase, enlarge, or lengthen

Word Origin for eke

Old English eacan; related to Old Norse auka to increase, Latin augēre to increase

British Dictionary definitions for eke (2 of 2)

eke2
/ (iːk) /

sentence connector
archaic also; moreover

Word Origin for eke

Old English eac; related to Old Norse, Gothic auk also, Old High German ouh, Latin autem but, aut or
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