Meanings

1.
to run out
(For water running out of sinks or basins, and for timed things like ultimatums or countdowns.)
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2.
to expire
(For food and offers. Basically the same idea as time "running out".)
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to go down
(For a sequence of events.)
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to comb
(ONLY in the sense of walking across an entire area with the intention of searching)
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Prefix Verbs Explained - "ablaufen"

A fun look at the German prefix verb "ablaufen" and how it connects a sink, a conference and old milk.

Vocab:

ablaufen, abgelaufen, der Ablauf, der


Word Family

Root: *hlaupan

This is a West-Germanic root and connections beyond the Germanic branch of the Indo-European tree are not known. It’s the origin of English to leap.

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