handeln

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See also: Handeln and Händeln

German[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle High German handeln, from Old High German hantalōn, from Proto-Germanic *handlōną.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈhandəln/, [ˈhandl̩n]
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handeln (weak, third-person singular present handelt, past tense handelte, past participle gehandelt, auxiliary haben)

  1. (intransitive) to act; to take action
    Jeder ist dafür verantwortlich, wie er handelt.
    Everybody is responsible for the way they act.
    Wir müssen handeln, bevor es zu spät ist.
    We must take action before it is too late.
  2. (intransitive) to negotiate; to bargain; to haggle
    Da lass ich nicht mit mir handeln.
    I won’t bargain about this.
  3. (intransitive) to trade in; to deal; to sell [+ mit (object)]
    Er handelt mit Teppichen.He trades in carpets.
  4. (transitive, stock exchange and the like) to trade
    Eine Aktiengesellschaft ist eine Firma, die an der Börse gehandelt wird.
    A stock company is an enterprise that is traded in the stock market.
    • 2010, Der Spiegel, issue 46/2010, page 95:
      In Toronto werden mehr als 1400 Bergbaubetriebe gehandelt, jede Woche kommen im Schnitt drei Unternehmen hinzu.
      More than 1400 mining companies are traded in Toronto, three companies are added each week on average.
  5. (transitive, figuratively) to tip as; to take into consideration as being
    Er wird als der nächste Superstar gehandelt.
    He’s being tipped as the next superstar.
  6. (intransitive, of a person, formal, literary) to discuss; to deal with; to write or speak about [+ von (object)]
    Der Autor handelt auf 32 Seiten von dieser Nebensächlichkeit.
    The author discusses this marginal issue in 32 pages.
  7. (intransitive, with von, of a text, film, etc.) to be about; to deal with
    Das Buch handelt von Hasen.The book is about hares.
  8. (impersonal, reflexive, often with bei to add clarification, idiomatic) to be, to be a case of, to be a matter of (Often used to introduce the subject before giving it a name, or to indicate some uncertainty regarding exact amounts. Literally: it itself has to do with ...) [+ um (object)]
    Es handelt sich um ein Missverständnis.
    What we have is a misunderstanding.
    Bei diesen Tieren handelt es sich um Hasen.
    These animals here are hares.
    Es handelt sich um ein paar Tage, bis die Pakete ankommen werden.
    It will be a matter of days before the packages will arrive.
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  • handeln” in Duden online
  • handeln” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

Etymology 2[edit]

From English handle. Doublet of handeln (to act; to deal).

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handeln (weak, third-person singular present handelt, past tense handelte, past participle gehandelt, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive, informal) to handle something; to control; to deal with in an organised fashion
    Synonyms: handhaben, bewältigen
    Wir müssen sehen, wie wir dieses Problem handeln.
    We must find a way of handling this problem.
Usage notes[edit]
  • Rare in writing for confusability with etymology 1, but fairly common in speech, chiefly in business and media slang.
  • The form händeln is sometimes used when quoting speech in writing.
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handeln

  1. definite singular of handel