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From Middle High German vröiwen, vröuwen, from Old High German frewan, frouwen, a derivation of Old High German frō, frao (glad). Equivalent to froh (glad) +‎ -en. Compare English frolic.


  • IPA(key): /ˈfʀɔɪ̯ən/
  • Hyphenation: freu‧en
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freuen (third-person singular simple present freut, past tense freute, past participle gefreut, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive) to gladden, to make glad, to make pleased
    Es freut mich, Sie kennenzulernen.I'm pleased to meet you. (It pleases me to get to know you. (formal))
  2. (reflexive, [über (+ accusative) — about]) to be glad, to be pleased
    Er freut sich darüber.
    He's happy about it!
    Ich freue mich riesig, dass du mich gefunden hast.
    I'm really happy you found me.
  3. (reflexive, [auf (+ accusative) — to]) to look forward
    Wir freuen uns auf Sie!We look forward to (seeing) you!


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Further reading[edit]

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