ausmachen

(aus verb)

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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