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From aus- +‎ gehen.


  • IPA(key): /ˈʔaʊ̯sɡeːən/
  • (Germany)
  • (Austria)


ausgehen (class 7 strong, third-person singular present geht aus, past tense ging aus, past participle ausgegangen, auxiliary sein)

  1. (intransitive) to go out (to leave one's abode to go to public places)
    Ich gehe nicht in die Disko, weil ich tanzen will, sondern weil ich ausgehen will.
    I am not going to the nightclub because I want to dance, but because I want to go out.
  2. (intransitive, of a light, etc.) to go out (to be turned off or extinguished)
  3. (intransitive) to run out (to be completely used up or consumed)
    Das Geld für den Hausbau ist ausgegangen.
    The money for building the house has run out.
  4. (intransitive, especially of hair, teeth, etc.) to fall out (to come out without being made to do so)
    Meine Haare sind mir schon ausgegangen.
    My hair is already falling out.
  5. (intransitive) to start, begin (von (at)); to come, stem, lead off, radiate (von (from)) (to originate (at or from a certain location))
  6. (intransitive) to start (from), to take as one's starting point
  7. (intransitive) to end, turn out (to have a given result)
  8. (intransitive) to leave, get away, come away (to depart, implying a certain consequence or result, or lack thereof)
    leer ausgehento leave empty-handed
  9. (regional, Southern German, Austria, reflexive) to work out (to have a satisfactory result)
  10. (regional, Southern German, Austria, reflexive) to be sufficient, be enough (to be present in adequate quantity)

Usage notes[edit]

  • In the sense "to run out", the thing that is becoming scarce is always the subject in German, while in English the possessor of the thing that's becoming scarce can be the subject. For example:
Mir geht der Zucker aus.I am running out of sugar. (To me, the sugar is running out.)
In English the subject is "I" but in German the subject is "der Zucker".


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Further reading[edit]

  • ausgehen” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • ausgehen” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon
  • ausgehen” in Duden online
  • ausgehen” in