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From Middle High German tūchen, from Old High German -tūhhan, from Proto-Germanic *dūkaną. Cognate to Dutch duiken. The word had become widely obsolete in Upper German, but was later revived on the basis of Middle Low German dūken and Central German dūchen, which had remained common. In the course of this process, the originally strong verb became weak. A derivative with Low German consonantism is ducken (cognate to and synonymous with the English verb duck).


  • IPA(key): /ˈtaʊ̯xən/, [ˈtaʊ̯xən], [ˈtaʊ̯xn̩]
  • Hyphenation: tau‧chen


tauchen (third-person singular simple present taucht, past tense tauchte, past participle getaucht, auxiliary haben or sein)

  1. to dive
  2. (figuratively) to bathe
    • 2010, Der Spiegel, issue 22/2010, page 133:
      Die Sonne steht inzwischen tief und taucht die Landschaft in ein sanftes Licht.
      By now the sun is low and bathes the landscape in a gentle light.


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