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From Middle High German abeziehen, abziehen, from Old High German abaziohan, from Proto-West Germanic *abateuhan, from Proto-Germanic *abateuhaną; compare Middle Dutch aftien, Old Saxon aftiohan, Old English oftēon, Gothic 𐌰𐍆𐍄𐌹𐌿𐌷𐌰𐌽 (aftiuhan). By surface analysis, ab +‎ ziehen.


  • IPA(key): /ˈʔaptsiːən/
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  • Hyphenation: ab‧zie‧hen


abziehen (class 2 strong, third-person singular present zieht ab, past tense zog ab, past participle abgezogen, past subjunctive zöge ab, auxiliary haben or sein)

  1. to subtract, to deduct
    Synonym: subtrahieren
    Antonyms: addieren, zusammenzählen, summieren
    Das wird von deinem Lohn abgezogen.This will be deducted from your pay.
  2. (transitive, troops, etc.) to pull out
  3. (intransitive) to leave
  4. (intransitive) to pull the trigger
  5. (colloquial) to rip off (to cheat, to charge an exorbitant or unfair rate)
    Synonym: abzocken
  6. (transitive) to skin (an animal)
    Sie hat dem Hasen das Fell abgezogen
    Sie hat den Hasen abgezogen
    She skinned the hare
  7. (transitive) to sharpen (a blade)
  8. (transitive) to sand down (wooden flooring); to sweep (a clay tennis court)
  9. (transitive) to bottle (wine) (after removing from a barrel, tank etc.)
  10. (transitive) to print; to run off, to make a copy of
    Sie haben 100 Exemplare des Flugblattes abgezogen
    They made 100 copies of the pamphlet


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Further reading[edit]

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