befürchten

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German befürhten, bevürhten, from Old High German biforhten, bifurihtōn, biforhtōn, biforahtōn, from Proto-Germanic *bifurhtijaną, *bifurhtōną, equivalent to be- +‎ fürchten. Cognate with Middle Low German bevrüchten, English befright.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [bəˈfʏʁçtn̩]
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  • Hyphenation: be‧fürch‧ten

Verb[edit]

befürchten (third-person singular simple present befürchtet, past tense befürchtete, past participle befürchtet, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive) to fear (something), be afraid of

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