abhängen (von)

(ab verb)

Meanings

1.
to depend
("abhängen von" ... actually, this is a literal translation because the Latin "pendere" meant "to hang")
2.
to lose a pursuer
("jemanden abhängen" - works for actual car chases as well as in a figurative sense of leaving the competition behind)
3.
to take down, "unhang" laundry
Opposite (closest): aufhängen
4.
to chill, to hang out
(very colloquial)

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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.


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Root: *konk-
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