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Dictionary > ge verbs

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  • gebieten (über)
    (ge verb)
    1.
    to rule (over), to command (over)
    (Based on the idea that people do your bidding. A bit out of date since we don't have a feudal system anymore, but you can find it here and there and the related words are hella common. And yes, I just used "hella" in a dictionary... because why not!)
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  • gebrauchen
    (ge verb)
    1.
    to use
    (Sounds fancy and old school. You sometimes find it legal documents, but it's more common in its relatives.)
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  • gedeihen
    (ge verb)
    1.
    to thrive, to flourish
    (Sounds a bit old school and is not the best choice for daily life. Best fit is for gardening.)
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  • gedenken (+Gen)
    (ge verb)
    1.
    to commemorate
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  • gedulden (sich)
    (ge verb)
    1.
    to be patient
    ("sich+Acc gedulden" - very common)
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  • gefährden
    (ge verb)
    1.
    to endanger
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  • gefallen
    (ge verb)
    1.
    to like
    (roles are reversed "Etwas+Nom gefällt jemandem+Dat")
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  • gefrieren
    (ge verb)
    1.
    to freeze
    (in sense of getting frozen. Less common than "einfrieren")
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  • gehorchen
    (ge verb)
    1.
    to listen to orders, to obey
    (Sounds quite strict and "military-ish" - the main contexts are dogs, kids and soldiers.)
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    Opposite: widersetzen
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  • gehören (zu)
    (ge verb)
    1.
    to belong to
    (The person to whom something belongs is in Dative. "gehören" can NOT be used without an object in the bare sense of "belonging". That would be "dazugehören".)
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    2.
    to be part of
    ("gehören zu + Dative" - here, the focus is NOT on possession. )
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    3.
    to (not) be good manners
    ("sich (nicht) gehören" - ONLY used in the third person with subjects like "es" or "das")
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  • gelangen
    (ge verb)
    1.
    to get to a place
    (ONLY in sense of getting to places or locations. Sounds a bit scripted.)
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  • gelingen
    (ge verb)
    1.
    to turn out well, to be a success
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    Opposite: fehlschlagen
    2.
    to succeed at something
    (etwas (es) gelingt mir)
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  • geloben
    (ge verb)
    1.
    to pledge, to make a vow
    (Sounds very formal and epic and it's not very common in daily life.)
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  • genehmigen
    (ge verb)
    1.
    to permit
    (Sounds VERY formal and it's not used at home or with friends. )
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    2.
    to treat oneself to
    ("sich+Acc genehmigen" - not very common, but you can hear it in daily life here and there. )
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  • genießen
    (ge verb)
    1.
    to enjoy
    (NOT used as widely as in English and it sounds more distinguished. Learners often use it as "I enjoyed it" and it does NOT work for that. "Spaß machen" or "gefallen" are the idiomatic choices there.)
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  • genügen
    (ge verb)
    1.
    to be enough
    ("reichen" is generally more common. In context of self development, "genug sein" is the more idiomatic choice)
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    2.
    to fulfill, to meet
    ("etwas+Dat genügen" - mostly used for criteria or requirements and expectations toward a person.)
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  • geraten
    (ge verb)
    1.
    to turn out
    (Quite old school and mainly with the adjectives "gut" and "durcheinander".)
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    2.
    to wind up
    (In the sense of winding up in a situation or location you didn't expect. Sounds a bit old school except in a few fixed phrasings like "aneinander geraten" which means "to clash, have an argument")
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  • gerinnen
    (ge verb)
    1.
    to congeal, to curdle, to clot
    (For blood, milk and other similar behavior. The core idea is "run/float together".)
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  • geschehen
    (ge verb)
    1.
    to happen, to take place
    (The verb is out of date and sounds serious and old fashioned. "passieren" is the most common choice. The nouns "das Geschehen" and "die Geschehnisse" are still used occasionally, particularly in writing. )
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  • gestalten
    (ge verb)
    1.
    to shape, to style, to design
    (It's used for a wide range of contexts, from fashion to life)
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  • gestatten
    (ge verb)
    1.
    to permit, to allow
    (Sounds rather formal. Also used as part of formal introductions of oneself - "Gestatten, Emanuel")
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  • gestehen
    (ge verb)
    1.
    to confess
    (The original idea is that you "stand by" something you did.)
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    Opposite: leugnen
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  • gewähren
    (ge verb)
    1.
    to grant, to allow
    (A very formal sounding word. Used for all kinds of official things as well as in context of granting access. )
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    Opposite: verwehren
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  • gewinnen
    (ge verb)
    1.
    to win
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    Opposite: verlieren
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  • gewittern
    (ge verb)
    1.
    to "thunderstorm"
    (Like "to rain", but for a thunderstorm. German has a verb for that.)
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  • sich gehaben
    (ge verb)
    1.
    to be
    (Pretty much ONLY used in the sense of "Be well." as a good bye phrase. Super rare, super ancient, but you can find it in books. If you want, you can use the phrase as a joke. )
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