schlafen

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German slāfan, from Proto-Germanic *slēpaną, from Proto-Indo-European *slab- (be weak, limp, languid), *slab-. Compare Low German slapen, Dutch slapen, English sleep.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈʃlaːfn̩], [ˈʃlaːfən], [ˈʃlaːfɱ̩]
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Verb[edit]

schlafen (class 7 strong, third-person singular simple present schläft, past tense schlief, past participle geschlafen, auxiliary haben)

  1. to sleep
    Ich habe gestern Nacht gut geschlafen. - "I slept well last night."
    schlafen gehen - "to go to bed"
    sich schlafen legen - "to lie down to sleep" (literally, "to lay oneself down to sleep")
  2. to "sleep" on something, to wait and think before making a decision
    Ich werde eine Nacht darüber schlafen. - "I'll sleep on it."

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