Dictionary > verbs

  • abbilden (ab verb)
    1. depict (capture in pics, sounds somewhat formal)
  • abblättern (ab verb)
    1. to peel off, to flake off (for color)
  • abbringen (von) (ab verb)
    1. to talk sb out of sth ("jemanden (Acc) von etwas (Dative) abbringen); always needs to come with the von-part.)
  • abdecken (ab verb)
    1. to cover, put a cover over (so that others can’t see it or so that it’s away from the air or the rain)
    2. to cover (for topics)
  • abdrücken (ab verb)
    1. to pull the trigger
    2. to pay money (colloquial)
  • abfeiern (ab verb)
    1. to party really hard (kind of slang)
  • abfließen (ab verb)
    1. to flow away (water in a sink for example, also for funds)
  • abgehen (ab verb)
    1. to come off (stickers, pictures on a wall, etc)
    2. to go crazy/wild (for example people dancing or throwing a fit, but also for songs that are really energetic)
    3. to leave the stage or the scene
    4. happen, take place (colloquial, often in context of "What's going on?")
  • abgewöhnen (sich+Dative) (ab verb)
    1. to break a habit, to stop ("sich (Dativ) abgewöhnen"... literally once used to be "to wean off")
  • abgießen (ab verb)
    1. to drain (for pasta, rice and similar)
  • abgucken/abschauen (ab verb)
    1. to crib, to peek, to “learn by watching someone” ((sich) abgucken/abschauen bei jemandem )
  • abhaben (ab verb)
    1. to get a piece/share (colloquial, mostly used to ask if you can have a piece or state that you'd like to have a share. Not used to talk about actually getting one)
  • abhandeln (ab verb)
    1. to fully discuss a topic
  • abhängen (ab verb)
    1. to depend (abhängen von = to depend on)
    2. to lose a pursuer
    3. to take down/unhang loundry
    4. to chill/to hang out
  • abhauen (verb)
    1. to chop off (build Perfekt with haben)
    2. to piss off, hastily going away (build Perfekt with sein)
  • abheben (ab verb)
    1. to lift off
    2. to lose touch with reality a bit
    3. to answer the phone, to pick up the phone
    4. to withdraw money
    5. to stand out, to distinguish oneself (sich abheben (von) )
  • abheften (ab verb)
    1. to file away (to put away into a folder)
  • abkacken (ab verb)
    1. to fail at some kind of activity. (it can be done by people as well as stuff)
  • abkriegen (ab verb)
    1. to get a share
    2. to get hit (usually in the sense of a "wide-spread" shot and you get hit by accident. Can be water after a car drives through a puddle but also someone's bad mood)
  • ablästern (über+Acc) (ab verb)
    1. to have a proper gossiping session (with your friends for instance)
  • ablaufen (ab verb)
    1. to run out (for water running out of sinks or basins, and for time)
    2. to expire (for food and offers)
    3. to go down (for a sequence of events)
  • ablehnen (ab verb)
    1. to reject (an offer of some kind. It's the opposite of "annehmen")
  • ableiten (aus, von) (ab verb)
    1. to deduce, to derive, derivate (math)
    2. to "lead away" (for electricity or substances)
  • ablenken (ab verb)
    1. to deflect, to distract
    2. to divert
  • ablesen (ab verb)
    1. to read off
  • ablösen (ab verb)
    1. to take over (shifts, tasks "Jemanden+Acc ablösen")
    2. to loose off of a surface (rare)
    3. to alternate, to take turns (sich ablösen)
  • abmachen (ab verb)
    1. to put down, to take sth off (for pictures, or bracelets or rings. The opposite is "ranmachen" or "ummachen")
  • abmachen (ab verb)
  • abnehmen (ab verb)
  • abnicken (ab verb)
    1. to nod off (give your okay, usually in a business context)
  • abraten von (ab verb)
    1. to advise against sth. (The person getting the advice is in Dative. The verb always goes with "von" (or "davon"). It sounds weird to skip it.)
  • abräumen (ab verb)
    1. to take away (In the sense of taking dishes off a table.)
    2. to win big (Colloquial word for winning big at a game or competition. Think of it as a poker metaphor.)
  • abrechnen (ab verb)
    1. to bill (close a bill)
    2. to settle a score (("abrechnen mit"))
  • abrücken (ab verb)
    1. to move away from (also for armies)
  • abrufen (ab verb)
    1. to call from some sort of stack or stock (performance, data, reserves)
  • abschätzen (ab verb)
    1. to gauge (rough, often used to talk about the future)
  • abschieben (ab verb)
    1. to deport
  • abschirmen (vor) (ab verb)
    1. to shield (from)
  • abschlagen (ab verb)
    1. to turn down ((for little requests))
    2. to hack off
  • abschweifen (ab verb)
    1. to go off topic, going on a tangent
  • abschwellen (ab verb)
    1. a swelling decreasing
  • absehen (ab verb)
    1. to see something in the future
    2. to refrain from something: usually legal action (it sounds super formal and official); is about not taking something into consideration anymore, not regarding something as an option anymore. (Phrase: von etwas absehen )
  • absetzen (ab verb)
    1. to take off (+Acc, for glasses, hats and headphones)
    2. to cancel, to stop (for tv shows and medicine like antibiotics)
    3. to drop off (colloquial)
    4. to deduct (for taxes, "etwas absetzen von")
    5. to settle, for yeast and other small particles (sich +Acc absetzen)
    6. to set oneself apart from ("sich absetzen von")
  • abstauben (ab verb)
    1. the process of removing dust
    2. a colloquial word for making a great deal with little effort, usually in a quick manner
  • absteigen (ab verb)
    1. to get off (the bike)
    2. to descend (climbing)
    3. to be relegated
  • abstimmen (ab verb)
    1. to vote on
    2. to adjust to ("etwas auf etwas abstimmen" In the sense of make something match nicely with something else)
    3. to coordinate with ("sich+Acc abstimmen mit")
  • abstottern (ab verb)
    1. pay down in installments (very colloquial term for paying down dept. You "stutter it off")
  • abstützen (ab verb)
    1. variation of stützen (to support), in context of construction (it sounds make-shift)
  • absuchen (ab verb)
    1. to search an area thoroughly (it is on the surface and often with the eyes)
  • abtasten (ab verb)
    1. to “go over a surface to gather information” (pat down, frisk, palpate, scan)