bleichen

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German bleihhen, blīhhan, from Proto-Germanic *blīkaną, *blīkijaną, compare *blaikijaną. Related to bleich. Compare Dutch bleken, English bleach, Danish blege.

Verb[edit]

bleichen ‎(class 1 strong, third-person singular simple present bleicht, past tense blich, past participle geblichen, auxiliary haben or sein)

  1. (transitive, auxiliary: “haben) to bleach
  2. (intransitive, auxiliary: “sein) to fade, to lose colour

Usage notes[edit]

The intransitive verb, meaning to fade, has always strong conjugation.

The transitive verb, meaning to bleach, has weak conjugation when it refers to intentional bleaching (by means of chemicals): gebleichte Zähne "bleached teeth", gebleichtes Papier "bleached paper". When referring to naturally caused bleaching, it can be conjugated as a weak or a strong verb: Die Sonne hat die Farbe der Wand ausgebleicht/ausgeblichen "The sun has bleached out the colour of the wall".

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