befürchten

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German befürhten, bevürhten, from Old High German biforhten, bifurihtōn, biforhtōn, biforahtōn, from Proto-West Germanic *bifurhtijan, *bifurhtōn, 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 (weak, third-person singular present befürchtet, past tense befürchtete, past participle befürchtet, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive) to fear (something), be afraid of
    Keine Sorge, du hast nichts zu befürchten.
    Don't worry, you have nothing to be afraid of.

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