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esperar, quedar-se, pausa; protegir, mantenir segur; continuar; (preverb) continuar fent

semantic space · lipamanka

awen resists change. awen is the essence of inertia boiled down into one word. if an object is doing something and continues doing that thing, that continuation is awen. if an object is doing nothing, and continues doing nothing, that continuation is also awen. awen is a preverb and changes the meaning from "does the thing" to "continues to do the thing," or "still does the thing."

awen is also used by many speakers to mean "maintain." This is very close to the idea of protection, so you'll see awen used for that as well in many situations as a transitive verb.

ku translations

await100, stay100, wait100, preserve90, remain84, sustain83, retain79, defend76, endure75, continued74, continue73, secure72, continuing71, save70, protect67, keep61, still60, reserve58, protection56, remaining56, continuous55, stability55, maintain54, safe53, security50, stable50, constant45, protective45, defence44, left (remaining)42, defensive40, maintenance40, rescue40, stand37, standing36, steady35, custody33, pause33, safely31, guard30, reservation30, saving30, suspend29, hang27, hesitate27, ongoing27, safety27, conservation25, delay25

pu verbatim

ADJECTIVE enduring, kept, protected, safe, waiting, staying

PRE-VERB to continue to


core · 99% usage

found in pu

coined pre-pu


Dutch · houden ‘keep, care for, hold (in a particular state)’

coined by jan Sonja

sitelen pona


motion radical; legs facing against each other, implying standing

sitelen sitelen

awen sitelen sitelen

sitelen jelo

sitelen Emosi




kala Asi

jan Lakuse

luka pona

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