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  • beabsichtigen
    (be verb)
    1.
    to plan, to intend
    (sounds fairly formal)
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  • beachten
    (be verb)
    1.
    to heed, to pay attention to , to not ignore
    (It can be about following a regulation as well as about taking note of something in your vicinity. Best thought of as "opposite of to ignore". Always needs a direct object. Unlike "achten auf" it does NOT include the idea of "to take care")
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    Opposite: missachten
    2.
    to ignore
    ("nicht beachten")
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  • beanspruchen
    (be verb)
    1.
    to claim, to demand
    (Works for people claiming something, but also for things demanding resources)
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    2.
    to strain, to stress
    (A variation of the first theme, where the demand in resources turns into a strain.)
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  • beanstanden
    (be verb)
    1.
    to make a complaint about something, to query
    (Sounds more neutral and less intense than "sich beschweren". Think of telling your host that the apartment is not clean upon your arrival. )
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  • beantragen
    (be verb)
    1.
    to apply for
    (For stuff you're entitled to. Otherwise, you need "sich bewerben für")
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  • beantworten
    (be verb)
    1.
    to answer something
    (jemandem (Dat) etwas (Acc) beantworten, must have a direct object)
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  • bearbeiten
    (be verb)
    1.
    modify through work, to edit
    (Works for material, as well as for works of art and especially for all things digital.)
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  • beaufsichtigen
    (be verb)
    1.
    to oversee, to supervise, to watch
    (Sounds a bit technical. Works for a construction project as well as for kids in a kindergarten.)
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  • beauftragen (mit)
    (be verb)
    1.
    to charge someone with
    (A formal term for giving someone a task. Note that the past tense is regular and not "trug". That's because it's based on the noun "Auftrag", not the verb "tragen".)
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  • beäugen
    (be verb)
    1.
    to eye, to look at
    (Implies a certain degree of skepticism or curiosity.)
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  • bebauen
    (be verb)
    1.
    to build on
    (The land is the direct object here - you "bebuild" the land.)
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    to farm, to cultivate
    (Agricultural jargon. NOT idiomatic for your garden or balcony.)
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  • bebildern
    (be verb)
    1.
    add pictures to some text
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  • bedanken (bei + D.)
    (be verb)
    1.
    to thank
    ("sich+Acc bedanken" - Always reflexive. And yes... it doesn't make sense if you think about it, because you "thank yourself".)
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  • bedauern
    (be verb)
    1.
    to regret, to pity
    (You can "bedauern" your own actions, but then it's not as strong as "bereuen". Same for "pitying")
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  • bedecken
    (be verb)
    1.
    to put a cover an something
    (Can be a blanket or a layer of snow, but it's always physical)
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  • bedenken
    (be verb)
    1.
    to take into consideration
    (Usually for "variables" you need to consider. )
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  • bedeuten
    (be verb)
    1.
    to signify, to mean
    (NOT "to mean" in the sense of someone having thoughts. The word for that is "meinen")
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  • (sich) bedienen
    (be verb)
    1.
    to serve
    (in context of waiting tables)
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    2.
    to operate, handle
    (for devices and machinery)
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    3.
    to help/serve oneself
    ("sich+Acc bedienen (an)" - colloquially often used for digging in )
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  • bedingen
    (be verb)
    1.
    to cause, to determine
    (IN the context of conditions having a certain effect. It's hard to use idiomatically.)
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  • bedrängen
    (be verb)
    1.
    to pushing into someone’s space
    (Sounds more direct, physical and immediate that "aufdrängen" and it's actually threatening.)
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  • bedrohen (mit)
    (be verb)
    1.
    to threaten someone
    (Can be verbally or "situational")
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  • bedrücken
    (be verb)
    1.
    to depress, to weigh down
    (Not very common in daily life. People would say "traurig machen", "deprimieren" or, more colloquially, "runterziehen".)
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  • bedrucken
    (be verb)
    1.
    to print on
    (The object you print on is the direct object.)
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  • bedürfen
    (be verb)
    1.
    to need, to require
    (Fancy and rare. And goes with Genitive, so yeah... don't use it!)
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  • beeilen (sich)
    (be verb)
    1.
    to hurry up
    ("sich+Acc beeilen" - MUST be used reflexively. Even if you're in a hurry ;))
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  • beeindrucken
    (be verb)
    1.
    to impress
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  • beeinflussen
    (be verb)
    1.
    to influence
    (The "flue" part in "influence is the same family, so both words are essentially brothers.)
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  • beeinträchtigen
    (be verb)
    1.
    to impair, to detract from
    (There are many possible translations, but the core idea is having a negative impact without damaging or hindering completely.)
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  • beenden
    (be verb)
    1.
    to bring to an end
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  • beerdigen
    (be verb)
    1.
    to burry
    (Literally "to put earth on". Works in context of funerals, but also figuratively for projects and plans.)
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  • befähigen (zu)
    (be verb)
    1.
    to enable
    (IN the sense of giving/unlocking a certain skill or ability for someone. NOT common at all in daily life.)
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  • befahren
    (be verb)
    1.
    to drive on something, to use (by car)
    (A somewhat technical term, that's mainly used for roads.)
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  • befallen
    (be verb)
    1.
    to infest, to attack, to come over
    (Cousin of English "to befall". Not really a translation though. Mainly used for insects attacking plants or some sort of curse or spell "infecting" a person. NOT for physical attacks on people. That would be "anfallen".)
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  • befassen
    (be verb)
    1.
    to touch something
    (Technically, it can mean that, but this meaning is SUPER RARE. Do not use it that way.)
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    2.
    to deal with, to concern oneself with
    ("sich+Acc mit etwas befassen" - mainly used for dealing with topics and challenges, and you can also find it used for dealing with someone. The focus is NOT on solving, but on putting time in.)
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  • befehlen
    (be verb)
    1.
    to order
    (in the sense of giving a command, NOT ordering pizza - "ich befehle jemandem etwas")
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  • befestigen
    (be verb)
    1.
    to fixate, to fasten, to make "not loose"
    (ONLY for actual objects. NOT in a figurative sense)
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  • befinden
    (be verb)
    1.
    to deem, to classify
    ("befinden für" - VERY rare and formal)
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    2.
    to be
    ("sich+Acc befinden" - For being at a location. Sounds a bit formal, but it's fairly common.)
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  • befolgen
    (be verb)
    1.
    to follow, to obey
    (For orders, rules or advice)
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  • befördern
    (be verb)
    1.
    to move someone/something
    (Sounds very technical and formal)
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    2.
    to promote
    (In context of jobs only.)
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  • befragen
    (be verb)
    1.
    to interrogate, to question
    (Asking lots of questions either to a person or an oracle of some kind, like cards for example)
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  • befreien
    (be verb)
    1.
    to free
    (Usually in the sense of freeing something or someone from a third party. NOT for letting free. Needs a direct object.)
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  • befriedigen
    (be verb)
    1.
    to satisfy
    (Also in a sexual sense.)
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  • befürchten
    (be verb)
    1.
    to fear
    (Primarily in combination with a "dass"-sentence... "I fear that blah blah blah happens. NOT for fearing an object or person.)
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  • befürworten
    (be verb)
    1.
    to support, to endorse, to say yes to
    (A formal sounding word, mainly used for "saying yes" to actions. NOT for endorsing political candidates. A word that gets really weird if you say it like 10 times in a row :))
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  • begegnen
    (be verb)
    1.
    to encounter, to meet, to cross one's path
    (The person or thing you encounter is in Dative. It's also often used with the thing being the object. Sometimes also used in the sense of responding to something.)
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  • begehen
    (be verb)
    1.
    to inspect, to walk in
    (Literally "to be-walk". It's used in context of inspecting rooms and venues. Like when you search a new apartment for instance, you have Wohnungsbegehung. The noun is much more common than the verb. Verb sounds super technical.)
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    2.
    to commit
    (For various crimes and also suicide. No idea, what the logic is here, honestly.)
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    3.
    to mark, to celebrate
    (For jubilees and anniversaries. Sounds festive but formal.)
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  • begehren
    (be verb)
    1.
    to desire
    (In the sense of strongly wanting to have something. Often, it has sexual undertones, but not always. The base verb "gehren" doesn't exist anymore, but it's related to "gern" and "yearn")
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  • begeistern
    (be verb)
    1.
    to excite, to inspire
    (Lit.: "to be sounds very strong. Btw... have you noticed that "inspire" has "spirit" in it?)
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  • begießen
    (be verb)
    1.
    to pour something over something
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    to celebrate (by drinking)
    (You essentially "pour alcohol over the occasion")
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  • beginnen
    (be verb)
    1.
    to begin, to start
    (Sounds a bit more fancy than "anfangen")
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