aufheben

Meanings

1.
to pick up
(In the sense of lifting up small not too heavy, inanimate objects that are laying on the floor)
Opposite (closest): liegen lassen
2.
to keep
(limited to stuff like books, stones, stamps, pictures, photos, CDs)
Opposite (closest): wegwerfen
3.
to cancel
(German has several options for to cancel and this one is mostly used for lifting government restrictions or similar things.)

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Prefix Verbs Explained - "aufheben"

"aufheben" means "to pick up". But it has a second really useful meaning. And a third meaning. This word is definitely a keeper (hint, hint).


Word Family

Root: *kap
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