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to depend
("abhängen von" ... actually, this is a literal translation because the Latin "pendere" meant "to hang". ge-form is "abgehangen" but the verb is usually used in the real past, so "hing ab")
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to lose a pursuer
("jemanden abhängen" - works for actual car chases as well as in a figurative sense of leaving the competition behind. ge-form is "abgehängt".)
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to take down, "unhang" laundry
(ge-form is "abgehängt".)
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Opposite: aufhängen
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to chill, to hang out
(VERY colloquial. ge-form is "abgehangen".)
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Prefix Verbs Explained - "abhängen"

"abhängen" is one German translation for "to depend". Today, we'll learn why it means that and how it connects to relaxing and taking down laundry.


German Prepositions Explained - "von"

A thorough look at the German word 'von'. We'll find its core idea, learn which locations to use it for, and go over the most common verbs with 'von'. And gifs.

Vocab:

von, halten von, denken von, träumen von, abhängen von, von + location


Word Family

Root: *konk-

The core idea of this root was:

hanging, being in the air

It’s the origin of English to hang and to hinge and also of Stonehenge, which quite literally means “stones in the air”.

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