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  • nachahmen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to imitate
    (The more elegant brother of "nachmachen". Primarily used for imitating actions. It can also be used for imitating things, but it's not always idiomatic in that context. )
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  • nacharbeiten
    (nach verb)
    1.
    do work that should have been done earlier
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  • nachbauen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to recreate, to rebuild, to remodel
    (It's specifically about building something after a model. Can include the idea of copying.)
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  • nachbearbeiten
    (nach verb)
    1.
    do some post production
    (Usually in context of digital stuff.)
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  • nachbereiten
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to evaluate, to revisit
    (What you do after a meeting or presentation or project, when you look at how things went and why and what you could improve next time. Very formal sounding word but common in office contexts.)
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  • nachbessern
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to improve sth
    (Make something better after launch. Sounds a bit formal and dry.)
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  • nachbestellen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to order more, to reorder
    (When the initial supply has run out.)
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  • nachdenken
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to think (longer) about one certain question, to ponder
    (either no object, or combined with "über")
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  • nacheifern
    (nach verb)
    1.
    the emulate, to try to match
    (ONLY for people copying someone else, ALWAYS needs the "role model" as a Dative object)
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  • nachfahren
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to drive after
    (In the sense of driving later, not in sense of a car chase. For direct driving one behind the other, "hinterherfahren" is way more idiomatic. The noun "Nachfahre" has a different meaning.)
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  • nachfolgen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to follow after
    (In sense of succession, not pursuing.)
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  • nachfragen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to ask (again), to inquire
    (Very similar to "fragen" but mostly used in context of asking in an official context, or at least people you don't know, for some piece of information.)
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  • nachfühlen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to feel into something
    (Something happened, and you're consciously try to feel into how you "feel" about it instead of just moving on)
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    2.
    to emphasize
    ("jemandem+Dat etwas nachfühlen" - more common without the Dative object. The emotional borther of "nachvollziehen", which is more about thought.)
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  • nachfüllen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to refill
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  • nachgeben
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to give in, to cave, to yield
    (Works for giving in in an argument as well as for a structure giving in. )
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  • nachgehen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to be slow
    (ONLY for watches behind behind on the actual time. Used to be a very common word in pre-internet times.)
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    2.
    to pursue something, to investigate
    ("nachgehen + Dative" - works for pursuing clues, secrets as well as for pursuing hobbies and even work.)
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  • nachhaben
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to have a second serving
    (Colloquial and stiff at the same time. Pretty much ONLY used in combination with "können" (as a question) or "wollen". Probably better not to use it, because it's hard to use idiomatically.)
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  • nachhaken
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to follow up, to press on
    (The core idea is that you repeat a question that you already asked once. Imagine asking your boss about a raise, they say "talk soon" and then you come back after a week and bring it up again. )
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  • nachholen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    do later what others already did
    (Works for a wide range of contexts where you can "miss out".)
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  • nachhören
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to listen after the fact, to listen later
    (Think of a live podcast or a conference where they take a recording so you can listen later. Sounds a bit technical, and "später anhören" is more common, I would say.)
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  • nachkaufen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to buy again, to buy more
    (meaning depends on context)
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  • nachkochen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    cook by following a receipt
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  • nachkommen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to follow later
    (someone going first, you catching up. Sometimes also used in the sense of not being able to process a stream of something)
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    Opposite: vorgehen
    2.
    to fulfill, to follow
    ("einer Sache+Dat nachkommen" - for requests, pleas, orders and similar things.)
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  • nachlassen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to relent, to ease up
    (works for a wide range of intensities dropping)
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  • nachlaufen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    walk after someone
    (the person is in Dative)
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  • nachlegen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to add, to put more
    (Originally, only in the context of adding wood or coal to a fire, but now it's also used metaphorically for someone "adding" to their performance.)
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  • nachmachen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to imitate, to copy
    (copying a person)
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    Opposite: vormachen
    2.
    to make more
    (Not very common, but sometimes used in the context of food or other things you "produce".)
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  • nachnehmen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to take a second serving
    ("sich+Dat nachnehmen" - ONLY in the context of food. MUST be used with a self reference. The noun "die Nachnahme" is pretty important in finance, but has no connection to food.)
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  • nachrechnen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to calculate "again"
    (The core idea is that you do some calculation to verify or check a number. Like... think of someone adding up the prices of all the drinks to check of the number the bartender said is correct.)
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  • nachreichen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to hand in later
    (hand in additional documents after the initial thing)
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  • nachrüsten
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to add later, to upgrade, to retrofit
    (The core idea is that you add an optional configuration item at some point later, after the initial thing is already complete. Think adding a catalytic converter to an old car.)
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  • nachsagen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to say something about someone
    ("jemandem (Dat) etwas (Acc) nachsagen" - in the sense of someone having a reputation. Can be positive or negative, but it's more common for negative contexts.)
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    2.
    to repeat after someone
    (VERY rare. "nachsprechen" is the idiomatic choice but "nachsagen" might be used in some regions.)
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  • nachsalzen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to add more salt
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  • nachschauen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to go and check
    (More common in the South. The North tends to use "nachgucken". Works for checking a word in the dictionary as well as checking if there's beer in the fridge.)
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  • nachschenken
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to get/give a refill
    (Sounds a bit old school and fits better for alcohol than, say, a refill at McDonalds.)
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  • nachschreiben
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to write after someone's modelling
    (Not really used, but technically, it can mean that. Can also technically mean tracing the lines.)
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    2.
    to take later
    (For exams where you missed the original date, but you get a chance to still write it. Quite common in school and university.)
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  • nachsehen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to look after someone
    (In the sense of them leaving and you looking after them. NOT in the sense of care. "Hinterher gucken/schauen" are the more common options for this meaning.)
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    2.
    to look
    (In the sense of checking for something. Be it by going to the other room, or by looking in the dictionary. "nachgucken" and "nachschauen" are also options.)
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    3.
    to forgive someone something, to cut someone some slack
    ("jemandem etwas nachsehen" - sounds a bit formal and it's used for smaller scale things.)
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  • nachsetzen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to pursue, to push on
    (The core theme is pushing in pursuit of an outcome. It can also be used for hunting. But the main use I can think of is in sports for going keeping up the pressure after you almost scored. )
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  • nachsitzen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to be in detention
    (ONLY for kids in school when you have to stay after class. NOT for law enforcement.)
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  • nachspielen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to play again
    (A musician repeating something after another one played it)
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    Opposite: vorspielen
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    to reenact
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  • nachsprechen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    repeat after someone
    (the person who is being repeated is in Dative)
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  • nachsteigen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to climb after someone
    (This word is only used in mountaineering, if at all.)
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    Opposite: vorsteigen
    2.
    to stalk someone, to chase someone
    ("jemandem nachsteigen" - not very common and not as "intense" as "stalking", but the core theme is definitely "following" someone a little too much. Not very common in daily life.)
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  • nachstellen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to readjust
    (Adjust some settings because they have slightly changed. NOT for the initial adjusting.)
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    2.
    to stalk someone
    ("jemandem nachstellen" - sounds a bit less severe than stalking, but it's definitely creepy and is more than just doing some "research" about a person online. Not for one particular instance of "following". The verb "stalken" is more common, overall.)
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    3.
    to reenact, to reconstruct
    (In the sense of recreating a scene that took place. You "re-put" it.)
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  • nachtragen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to hold a grudge, to hold smth. against sb.
    ("jemandem etwas nachtragen" - the verb itself is rare, but the adjective is quite common. The idea is that you "carry" some baggage after someone for a long time.)
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    2.
    to enter later
    (Enter some information into a form or sheet after the bulk has already been entered. Has a bit of a vibe of completing.)
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    3.
    to carry after
    (In the literal sense of carrying something after someone. VERY rare because the idiomatic verb is "hinterhertragen". The idea of "holding a grudge" is kind of based on this one.)
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  • nachverhandeln
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to renegotiate
    (The sense is not that you start completely new, but that you negotiate certain aspects of a deal again after it was struck.)
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  • nachvollziehen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to understand
    (The idea here is that you can follow the thought process of another person)
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    to reconstruct, to trace
    (In the sense of mentally understanding some process that took place)
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  • nachwachsen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to regrow
    (Things that grow again after being cut or torn. )
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  • nachweinen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to mourn, to shed tears after
    (In the sense of crying about something or someone who is gone, but it sounds a bit mundane. Think of someone being all sad about an affaire that has left them - the person is in Dative "jemandem (Dat) nachweinen")
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  • nachweisen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to proof
    (Sounds less "pointy" than "beweisen" and often implies some research. A "Beweis" can be a simple item, a photo for instance. A "Nachweis" is more like a thing that you have to work for. The borders are not sharp though, so there's overlap.)
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    2.
    to find
    (In context of science finding evidence for some theory. Also for finding traces of material in a probe.)
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  • nachwerfen
    (nach verb)
    1.
    to throw after
    ("after" has a sense of "pursuit" here, and not "targeting". So you throw your beer bottle after the unicorn that is running away, for instance (been there, done that). Grammar: "jmd+Dat etwas nachwerfen". "hinterherwerfen" is more common.)
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    2.
    to add, to take/put more
    (Essentially, we again have a sense of pursuit, but in a sense of "adding more". Think of throwing more coal into an oven. Or colloquial, taking another pill because the first one doesn't work.)
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