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Dictionary > zer verbs

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  • zerbrechen
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to break into parts
    (Focus is on damage. Notable combination for figurative contexts is "zerbrechen an+Dat." . If you "zerbrechen" something, the helper verb is "haben", if something "zerbrechen" by itself, then the helper is "sein".)
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  • zerdenken
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to ruin by thinking
    ("etwas zerdenken" - ruining something by thinking about something too much and from too many angles. Think of a spontanous plan for instance.)
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  • zerdrücken
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to crush into parts
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  • zerfallen
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to fall apart, to decay
    (For atoms, substances and buildings. Also works for food, but it has a negative touch. For really tender meat, "zergehen" is the better word.)
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  • zerfließen
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to "flow apart"
    (Think butter in a pan or chocolate on the tongue.)
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  • zergehen
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to melt
    (For chocolate and other food melting on the tongue. Sounds rather delicate. NOT for melting snow.)
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  • zerkratzen
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to scratch, to claw
    (In the sense of "doing damage" and it's more than just one scratch. So it's like if your cat claws up all my forearm just because I petted her wrong. The entitlement is strong in my cat. )
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  • zerlassen
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to melt
    (Pretty much ONLY used for slowly melting butter in a pan. Literally "to let apart".)
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  • zerlaufen
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to melt
    (Pretty much only used for butter or chocolate or similar that "melts" on the tongue. NOT for snow or icecream, which are actually melting. The core theme here is "run apart".)
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  • zerlegen
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to take apart, to disassemble
    (IN contexts where you'll have many small pieces. And for animals, if you're a hunter or butcher. Colloquially also used for someone's arguments or theories.)
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  • zerlesen
    (zer verb)
    1.
    "destroy" by reading
    (A literary sounding term for the idea a book looking really used because you "worked" with it or read it many times.)
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  • zermürben
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to wear someone down, to attrit
    ("mürbe" means "tender, crumbly" and comes from baking. "zermürben" is pretty commonly used for intense situations that slowly wear you down - make you "crumble", if you will.)
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  • zerplatzen
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to burst apart
    (Pretty much the same as "platzen" but with a little more focus on "into parts".)
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  • zerreden
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to "talk apart"
    (Destroy something by talking. Think of destroying a good idea by talking about the negatives too much.)
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  • zerreiben
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to grind, to pulverize
    (By rubbing. Also used figuratively for someone being stuck between two forces and slowly ground down.)
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  • zerreißen
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to rip apart
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  • zerschlagen
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to smash into bits
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  • zerschmettern
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to shatter, to smite
    (Sounds quite dramatic.)
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  • zerschneiden
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to cut (into pieces)
    (The focus here is on splitting apart. It sounds a bit destructive.)
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  • zerschreiben
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to destroy through writing
    (Very rare. A word for the "feuilleton". Mainly used for picking apart ideas or thoughts.)
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  • zersetzen
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to corrode, to decompose, to putrefy, to decay
    (The core idea is to "disassemble" a material. If the material decomposes by itself, you'll need a self reference "sich zersetzen". Sounds a bit negative/destructive overall. Also used figuratively for corroding forces in a team, for example.)
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  • zerstäuben
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to sputter, to spray, to nebulize
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  • zerstören
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to destroy
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    Opposite: erschaffen
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  • zerstreiten (sich)
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to have a falling out
    (Usually for good. Here, the self reference is a must have unlike for "streiten" where it's optional.)
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    Opposite: versöhnen (mit)
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  • zerteilen
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to split into parts
    ((literally))
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  • zertreten
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to crush
    (Kicking something into pieces.)
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  • zerwerfen
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to throw to pieces
    (Not very common in practice.)
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  • zerzausen
    (zer verb)
    1.
    to ruffle, to dishevel
    (ONLY for hair!)
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    Opposite: kämmen
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