erwerben

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

er- +‎ werben

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ɛɐ̯ˈvɛʁbən], [ɛɐ̯ˈvɛɐ̯bən], [ɛɐ̯ˈvɛɐ̯bm̩]
  • Hyphenation: er‧wer‧ben
  • (file)

Verb[edit]

erwerben (class 3 strong, third-person singular present erwirbt, past tense erwarb, past participle erworben, past subjunctive erwürbe, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive) to earn, gain, acquire
    Synonym: erlangen
    Er hat zwei Doktortitel erworben.
    He has earned two doctoral degrees.
    Sie hat sich ausgezeichnete Computerkenntnisse erworben.
    She has gained excellent computer skills.
  2. (transitive) to acquire, to succeed to (irrespectively of the legal cause)
    Als Alleinerbe meines Vaters habe ich Eigentum an diesem Grundstück erworben.
    As the sole heir of my father, I have succeeded into the ownership of this land lot.
    • § 854 I BGB:
      Der Besitz einer Sache wird durch die Erlangung der tatsächlichen Gewalt über die Sache erworben.
      Possession of a material object is acquired by obtaining the factual power over the material object.
  3. (transitive) to purchase, acquire (grandiose trope for an act of buying but never in legal language)
    Synonym: kaufen
    In Mailand konnte ich diese wunderschöne Stola erwerben.
    In Milan I was able to purchase this wonderful stole.
  4. (medicine, psychology) to gradually develop, acquire, learn (as opposed to being born with)
    Ein erworbenes und nicht angeborenes Verhalten.
    An acquired but not innate behavior.

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Further reading[edit]

  • erwerben” in Duden online
  • erwerben” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache