über

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See also: uber and uber-

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German ubiri, ubari, from Proto-Germanic *ubiri.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈyːbɐ/ (standard)
  • IPA(key): /ˈʏbɐ/ (per se western German, but also elsewhere when unstressed)
  • (file)

Preposition[edit]

über

  1. above, over, foremost
  2. by, via; through; about, around, among
  3. across
    • 2010, Der Spiegel, issue 24/2010, page 128:
      Das Schiff legt an, und die Besucher steigen in einen weißen Bus, der sie über die Insel fährt.
      The ship docks and the visitors step into a white bus, which drives them across the island.
    • 2012 June 29, Die Welt [1], page 22:
      Die Popularität von Jeans reicht über alle Altersklassen und soziale Schichten hinweg.
      The popularity of jeans extends across all age classes and social classes.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The preposition über is used with accusative case if the verb shows movement from one place to another, whereas it is used with dative case if the verb shows location.

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Postposition[edit]

über

  1. (following accusative) throughout
    Den ganzen Tag über.
    Throughout the entire day.