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Online Swahili - English Dictionary

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-toa1 verb

1 produce, bring/get/pull out

2 call up/forth, call into play, evoke

3 offer   ► Hata hivyo, uwezo wa kiuchumi wa Serikali hauwezeshi kutoa mikopo Consequently, the economic capability of the Government does not enable it to offer loans

-toa rushwa

offer a bribe

akitoa inflected verb, cl. 1 Root -toa1


a if he/she produces

b when he/she produces   ► Watoto na vijana wa familia wanakaa nje ya nyumba wakimsikiliza mama akitoa hadithi… The children and the young boys of the family stay outside the house if they hear mother when she produces a story…


a if he/she calls up

b when he/she calls up


a if he/she offers

b when he/she offers

alitoa inflected verb, cl. 1 Root -toa1

1 he/she produced, he/she brought out, he/she got out

2 he/she evoked

3 he/she offered

ametoa inflected verb, cl. 1 Root -toa1

1 he/she produced

2 he/she called up

3 he/she offered

hutoa verb Root -toa1

always offer, always evoke, always call forth

imetoa inflected verb, cl. 4, cl. 9 Root -toa1

1 it produced

2 it called up

3 it offered

inatoa inflected verb, cl. 4, cl. 9 Root -toa1

1 it produces

2 it calls up

3 it offers

kutoa1 infinitive Root -toa1

-tolea verb, + applicative Root -toa1

put out to/for, produce to/for, publish to/for, generate to/for

-tolewa verb, + applicative, + passive Root -toa1

1 be given

2 be published

utoaji noun 14 Root -toa1

1 publication

2 distribution, output

3 presentation, offering

walitoa inflected verb, cl. 2 Root -toa1

1 they produced

2 they called up

3 they offered

Swahili noun class mini-reference:
1/2a-/wa-   7/8ki-/vi-
1/2a-/wa-   9/-i-/-
3/4u-/i-   9/10i-/zi-
3/4u-/i-   10 -/10-/zi-
5/-li-/-   9/10i-/zi-
5/6li-/ya-   11/10u-/zi-
6ya-   11/-u-
5/6li-/ya-   11/6u-/ya-
11/6u-/ya-   11/10u-/zi-
14/6u-/ya-   14u-
7/8ki-/vi-   14/6u-/ya-

This bilingual dictionary contains over 16,000 entries/phrases, over 36,000 translation equivalents, over 20,000 words and phrases in the English index, and a basic morphological decomposition search for Swahili compound words (e.g. tunaota). Related cross-references are also automatically displayed.

As of 13 October 2014, an additional over 4300 extra entries have been added to the search from the Microsoft Swahili terminology list.

This is the largest and longest-running online Swahili dictionary with any meaningful editorial quality control.

Swahili is a major language spoken in large parts of mainly East Africa, primarily as a lingua franca. The number of speakers is estimated to be between 50 million and 100 million.

This dictionary, created using TLex, has been online since May 2004, and is also the subject of lexicographic research. The dictionary‘s localization features include dynamic customization of the meta-language.

The dictionary also includes an integrated Sheng sub-lexicon - these entries are marked accordingly. You can also search the Sheng lexicon specifically by clicking here.

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