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an- +‎ heben


  • IPA(key): /ˈanˌheːbən/, [ˈʔanˌheːbm̩]
  • Hyphenation: an‧he‧ben
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anheben (class 6 strong, third-person singular present hebt an, past tense hob an or (archaic) hub an, past participle angehoben, past subjunctive höbe an or (archaic) hübe an, auxiliary haben)

  1. to lift up
  2. to raise, to increase
  3. (archaic, now rare) to begin (to do something)
    • 1483, Anton Koberger, Bibel, folio V recto:
      Hie hebt ſich an Geneſis das erſt buch der fuenff bucher moyſi.
      Here begins Genesis, the first book of the five books of Moses.

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The alternative past-tense forms hub an etc. are generally limited to the sense of “to begin” and are, even as such, rare and considered dated or poetic.

The alternate past participle was a common obsolete or archaic form.


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