Dictionary verb auf verb *haldanan halten aufhalten


to hold open
(Mostly for doors, but also used in a figurative sense of holding the hands open for handouts.)
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Opposite (closest): zuhalten
to stop
(In the sense of stopping something from happening or someone from doing something. Think, super villains or technical progress.)
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to slow down, to hold up
(In the sense of holding up someone, stopping them from progressing. Also used reflexively for contexts of (not) delaing with something - "sich+Acc aufhalten mit")
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to be/stay at a place
("sich+Acc aufhalten", sounds a bit formal.)
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Root: *haldanan
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