reiben

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German rīban.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈʀaɪ̯bnˌ/, /ˈʀaɪ̯bən/
  • Hyphenation: rei‧ben
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Verb[edit]

reiben (class 1 strong, third-person singular simple present reibt, past tense rieb, past participle gerieben, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive or intransitive) to rub; to chafe
    sich die Augen reiben — “to rub one’s eyes”
    • 2003, Obsidian Voice, Schatten der Vergangenheit
      Ich reib mir die Augen mit Zucker und Lügen
      und taumle bewußtlos während ich lache.
      I rub my eyes with sugar and lies
      and stagger senseless as I laugh.
  2. (transitive) to grate
    Äpfel reiben — “to grate apples”

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