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  • überarbeiten
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to rework
    (modify a piece of work)
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    2.
    to overwork oneself
    ("sich+Acc überarbeiten" - only works reflexively in German, so you cannot overwork your staff)
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  • überbacken
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to gratinate, to scallop
    (Mainly used for covering something with cheese and baking it. NOT for pizza though - that would make too much sense.)
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  • überbieten
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to top an offer, to beat
    (by going higher)
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    Opposite: unterbieten
    2.
    to excell
    ("sich+Acc überbieten")
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  • überblättern
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to miss or skip by turning too many pages
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  • überbringen
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to pass, to relay
    (for messages and greetings)
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  • überbrücken
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to bridge
    (Almost always used in the sense of someone "bridging" a period of time with a temporary solution to some problem.)
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    to jumper, to bypass
    (In a sense of electric circuits and similar things.)
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  • überdauern
    (über (insep))
    1.
    outlast, outlive
    (often in context of something outlasting epoches or centuries)
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  • überdenken
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to reassess, to reconsider
    (Thinking about something you have already come to a conclusion about. Does NOT mean "over-think"... false friends alert!)
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  • überdrücken
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to "oversqueeze", to overpress
    (The word technically means that and every German understands it that way, but I have a really hard time finding a context for it.)
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  • übereignen
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to transfer ownership
    ("jemandem etwas übereignen" - sounds formal and only used for "big" items, like a car or a company.)
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  • überfahren
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to run
    (For a red light or a stop sign.)
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    to run over
    (For people.)
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    to overwhelm
    (A metaphorical use for running someone over with a request or a stream of words.)
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  • überfallen
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to attack, to assault, to stick up someone, to rob
    (Similar to "rauben" but here the focus is on the act of attacking, rather than the taking stuff away. That's not always the goal .Also works for bank robberies and countries invading each other.)
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  • überfliegen
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to fly over
    (The area you fly over is the direct object. Technical aviation term.)
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    to skim-read
    (For texts. You "fly over" them.)
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  • überfordern
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to over-challenge
    (Fairly common verb, particularly in context of work or school)
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  • überführen
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to transfer
    (A technical sounding term for transporting something or someone somewhere. Not for everyday transportation. Think of an old statue being shipped to a museum.)
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    2.
    to convict, to catch, to find out
    (The translations don't really capture it. "überführen" is the act of proving that someone did something, NOT the conviction. Think of Sherlock Holmes adding up the evidence and then concluding "Hence, you did it!" )
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  • überfüllen
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to overcrowd
    (Pretty much only used as the adjective "überfüllt")
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  • übergeben (sich)
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to hand over
    (Sounds formal and official. Think of someone handing over an important document. Also works for figurative things like the leadership role or something. The focus is on transfer, not on giving up.)
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    2.
    to throw up, to vomit
    ("sich+Acc übergeben" - less formal than "erbrechen" and less colloquial than "kotzen".)
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  • übergehen
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to pass over, to ignore, to skip
    (The idea is that you skip someone even though it would have been their turn. Mostly used in context of decisions being made without someone, and also in the fun world of business and promotions.)
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  • überhitzen
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to overheat
    (Works in the literal sense of temperature and also in a figurative sense, like for an economy for example.)
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  • überholen
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to overtake
    (In context of traffic or a race.)
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    2.
    to overhaul
    (Primarily used for machines.)
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  • überhören
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to (intentionally) not hear
    (It does NOT mean "to overhear" in the sense of hearing something you shouldn't. It is about NOT hearing something you normally should hear. Often used in context of ignoring remarks.)
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    2.
    to hear too much of something
    ("sich+Dat etwas+Acc überhören" - like eating your favorite food too often and you get to a point where you don't want it anymore. Not very common.)
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  • überkleben
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to glue over
    (Think of gluing a new poster over an old poster. The core theme here is covering.)
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  • überkommen
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to come over someone, to overtake someone
    ("überkommen+Acc" - the idea is that an urge or feeling suddenly comes over you. It is NOT the right verb for overcoming obstacles or adversary.)
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  • überlappen
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to overlap
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  • überlassen
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to leave to , to give
    (In the sense of "pass into someone's possession". Sounds formal.)
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    2.
    to leave up to
    ("jemandem+Dat etwas überlassen" leaving a decision or choice to someone.)
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  • überlasten
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to overload, to overstrain
    (In the sense of demanding too much of a person or object. NOT in the sense of charging electrically.)
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  • überleben
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to survive
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  • überlegen
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to think
    (Thinking about everyday questions, where you need a solution/answer. Does NOT take a direct object, but you can connect a question like "when" or "if". Similar to "nachdenken", but more mundane.)
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    2.
    to decide, to think and decide, to come up with
    ("sich+Dat etwas überlegen" - here, the focus is essentially on the result of the thinging. Can be about a decision, but also about coming up with an idea. The self reference cannot be skipped if there's a result.)
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  • überlesen
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to over-read, to miss something of the writing
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  • überliefern
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to pass on
    (ONLY in the sense of passing on knowledge over time. Like old wisdom or traditions.)
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  • übermitteln
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to relay, to transfer, to convey
    (In the context of information, usually as a relay. Sounds a bit stiff and formal.)
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  • übernachten
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to spend the night
    (In the sense of where you sleep. If you work all night, that's not "übernachten")
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  • übernehmen
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to take (over), to take on, to adopt
    (Core idea is taking on a share from someone. Works in a wide range of contexts, similar to English. Also for responsibilites and positions. )
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    2.
    to take on too much
    ("sich+Acc übernehmen" - mostly in context of work or tasks)
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    3.
    to get a proper contract
    (Same idea as the first one. The idea is that a company gives a freelancer or an intern an actual real position after a time.)
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  • überprüfen
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to check, to double check, to verify
    (Check if some sort of claim is valid. "prüfen" by itself sounds a little more like "probing")
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  • überqueren
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to cross
    (Streets and rivers. Needs a direct object.)
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  • überraschen
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to surprise
    (Lit.: "to over-rush")
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  • überreden (zu)
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to talk someone into doing something
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  • überreichen
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to hand over
    (sounds formal/festive)
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  • überreizen
    (über (insep))
    1.
    over-stimulate
    (to wear out our sensory system with too much input)
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  • überrumpeln
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to take by surprise, to catch off-guard
    (Imagine your partner inviting 20 friends over and only telling you 10 minutes before they come. Literally "to rumble over")
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  • überschätzen
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to overestimate
    (Also used used reflexively "sich einschätzen" in sense of overestimating one's abilities.)
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  • überschlagen
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to flip
    ("sich überschlagen" - mostly for vehicles, but sometimes also used in a figurative sense. But don't think of it as a general translation of "to flip"!)
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  • überschneiden
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to overlap
    (Usually used reflexively - "sich+Acc überschneiden". Mainly in figurative contexts, like two meetings for instance. For objects overlapping, "überlappen" is the more common choice.)
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  • überschreiben
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to add a header
    ("überschreiben mit" - Sounds VERY clunky and it's rarely used. "die Überschrift" on the other hand is super common.)
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    2.
    to overwrite
    (Primarily used for data and memories. NOT for authority. )
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    to sign over
    (For property that you sign over to a family member, for example.)
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  • überschreiten
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to cross, to exceed
    (Primarily used in contexts of crossing a threshold or limit.)
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  • überschwemmen
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to flood
    (Works for water flooding an area but also figuratively for flooding a market. It sounds like "too much" though. )
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  • übersehen
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to miss, to not see, to overlook
    (Super common in context of traffic signs.)
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    2.
    to oversee, to overlook
    (Pretty darn rare in this sense, but the adjective "übersichtlich" is based on this one.)
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  • übersenden
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to send
    (A formal option for sending someone something. Usually used for documents or other formal stuff.)
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  • übersetzen
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to translate
    (Pretty much only in context of translating language or meaning. For other changes, "umwandeln" is probably more idiomatic. For math the word is "verschieben" ... and yes, I did add that after the call ;))
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  • überspringen
    (über (insep))
    1.
    to skip
    (For example a chapter in a book or the intro of a Netflix series.)
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