ausmachen

Meanings

1.
to turn off, to switch off
(There are other options like "ausschalten" but this one is by far the most common in daily life.)
Opposite (closest): anmachen
2.
to make out (distinguish, recognize)
(Rarely used, but it's a parallel to English.)
3.
to agree (on something with someone)
("etwas mit jemandem ausmachen" - in the sense of finding an appointment or a some sort of contract. NOT for agreeing to someone's opinion.)
4.
to faze someone, to mind,
("jemandem etwas/nichts ausmachen" - think of it as "be a turn-off to someone", but it's not as colloquial sounding.)
5.
to have a (big) effect, make a/no difference
(Usually used in combination with "viel" or "wenig" or "nichts")
6.
to define, to make
(Usually in the phrasing "X macht Y aus." - "X is what makes Y.")

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German Prefix Verbs Explained - "ausmachen"

A fun look at the various meanings of "ausmachen" and what turning something off has to do with agreements, findings and bothering. Also: rausmachen.


German Prefix Verbs Explained - "anmachen"

"anmachen" is one of the most useful prefix verbs. Today, we'll explore the various meanings and see what connects them all. Also: ranmachen.


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