drehen

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German dræjen, dræhen, from Old High German drāen (akin to Old Saxon thrāian), from Proto-West Germanic *þrāan, from Proto-Germanic *þrēaną. Cognate with Dutch draaien.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈdʁeːən/
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  • Rhymes: -eːən

Verb[edit]

drehen (weak, third-person singular present dreht, past tense drehte, past participle gedreht, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive) to turn
    Dreh den Spiegel etwas nach links!
    Turn the mirror a little to the left!
  2. (reflexive) to turn (one’s body), turn around
    Dreh dich mal etwas nach links!
    Turn a little to the left!
  3. (transitive) to roll, twist, make something revolve, rotate
  4. (reflexive) to revolve, rotate, spin
    Die Erde dreht sich um die Sonne.
    The earth revolves around the sun.
  5. (film, transitive or intransitive) to shoot
    Wir drehen, bis alles im Kasten ist.
    We’re shooting until it’s all in the can.
  6. (smoking, transitive or intransitive) to roll
  7. (automobile, intransitive) to make a u-turn, turn around
    Ich drehe hier mal, bei dem Verkehr nehmen wir besser die Landstraße.
    I’m going to turn around here, in this kind of traffic we better take the country road.
  8. (table football, intransitive) to let go of the handle while shooting, causing the pole to spin
    Das zählt nicht, du hast gedreht!
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  9. to shape with a lathe

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Further reading[edit]

  • drehen” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • drehen” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon
  • drehen” in Duden online
  • drehen” in OpenThesaurus.de