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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): /ˈfʁɔɪ̯ən/
  • Hyphenation: freu‧en
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freuen (weak, third-person singular 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 Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • freuen” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon
  • freuen” in Duden online
  • freuen” in