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ab- (from) +‎ fahren (drive)


  • IPA(key): [ˈapfaːrən]
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  • Hyphenation: ab‧fah‧ren



abfahren (class 6 strong, third-person singular present fährt ab, past tense fuhr ab, past participle abgefahren, past subjunctive führe ab, auxiliary haben or sein)

  1. (intransitive, auxiliary sein) to depart, to leave
    Ihr Zug fährt um fünf Uhr ab.
    Her train departs at 5 o'clock.
    Wir werden morgen abfahren.
    We will leave tomorrow
  2. (transitive, auxiliary haben) to carry off, to remove
    Der Müll wird zweimal pro Woche abgefahren.
    The garbage is picked up twice a week.
  3. (intransitive, with auf, auxiliary sein, idiomatic, colloquial) to go for; to be crazy about, for; to be a fan of or infatuated with
    Sie fährt voll auf Kultfilme ab.
    She's really crazy about cult movies.
  4. (transitive, auxiliary sein or haben) to drive along (a stretch of road in search of something); to patrol
    Lass uns die Strecke noch mal abfahren, vielleicht finden wir ihn doch.
    Let's drive along this stretch of road again, we might still find him
  5. to wear down (tyres)
  6. to use up (all one's journeys on a travel card)
  7. to knock off (something by hitting it with one's vehicle)
  8. (jemanden abfahren lassen, vulgar) to send someone packing; to tell someone to go away





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Further reading

  • abfahren” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • abfahren” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon
  • abfahren” in Duden online
  • abfahren” in OpenThesaurus.de