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From Old High German fliogan, from Proto-Germanic *fleuganą, from Proto-Indo-European *plewk-. Compare Dutch vliegen, Low German flegen, English fly, Danish flyve.


  • IPA(key): /ˈfliːɡŋ̩/, /ˈfliːɡən/
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fliegen (class 2 strong, third-person singular simple present fliegt, past tense flog, past participle geflogen, past subjunctive flöge, auxiliary haben or sein)

  1. (intransitive, auxiliary sein) to fly; to travel by air
    • 2010, Der Spiegel, issue 52/2010, page 16:
      Passagiere, die aus den USA nach Europa fliegen und dort umsteigen, sollen ab dem 1. April im Transitbereich nicht mehr kontrolliert werden.
      It is planned that passengers who fly from the United States to Europe and change planes there are not checked in the transit area anymore after April 1.
  2. (intransitive, figuratively, auxiliary sein) to rush; to fly; to go quickly
  3. (transitive, auxiliary haben) to fly; to pilot
  4. (transitive, auxiliary haben) to transport by air
  5. (intransitive, colloquial, auxiliary sein) to get the axe, to get kicked out
  6. (intransitive, colloquial, auxiliary sein) to fall; to fall down


  • In early modern German, the 2nd and 3rd persons singular present and the imperative singular were alternatively du fleugst, er fleugt, fleug!

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