verlassen

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German firlāzzan. Cognate with Dutch verlaten, Archaic and/or dialectal English forlet, and Middle Low German vorlaten. Equivalent to ver- (for-) +‎ lassen (let, leave).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /fɛɐ̯ˈlasən/, [fɛɐ̯ˈlasn̩], [fɐˈlasn̩], [-sən]
  • Hyphenation: ver‧las‧sen
  • (file)

Verb[edit]

verlassen (class 7 strong, third-person singular simple present verlässt, past tense verließ, past participle verlassen, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive) to leave, to abandon; to depart, to forsake
    Die Ratten verlassen das sinkende Schiff. — The rats are abandoning the sinking ship.
    Er verließ das Haus um 7 Uhr. — He left the house at 7 o'clock.
  2. (transitive, reflexive, with "auf") to trust; to rely on
    Ich verlasse mich darauf, dass du morgen da bist. — I trust you that you will be there tomorrow.
    Ich habe mich sehr auf deine Informationen verlassen! — I did rely a lot upon your infomation!
  3. (intransitive, figuratively) to pass away; to cease; to die
    Es tut mir leid, aber deine Mutter hat uns gestern Nacht verlassen. — I am sorry, but your mother passed away last night.
  4. (intransitive) to desert, to dump (e.g.: a relationship)
    Nach einer dreijährigen Beziehung verließ sie ihn. — After three years of an affectionate relationship, she dumped him.

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