Meanings

1.
to hold something at something
(Like a shirt toward your chest at a thrift store, or a picture against the wall. The preposition is also "an", so "ranhalten an". "her-" is NOT idiomatic here.)
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2.
to hurry
("sich+Acc ranhalten" - common colloquial phrasing. "her-" is absolutely not correct here... just for all the textbooks and sources that claim "r-" is JUST a colloquial version of "her-". Yup, I'm salty :))
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Word of the Day - "anhalten"

A fun look at the meanings of "anhalten", and why one word can be about stopping and continuing at the same time. Also: the difference to aufhören.


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Root: *haldanan
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