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/, [ˈhändl̩n]
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handeln (third-person singular simple 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 with mit) to trade in; to deal; to sell
    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, with von, of a person, formal, literary) to discuss; to deal with; to write or speak about
    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, with um) to be
    Es handelt sich um ein Missverständnis.
    It is a misunderstanding.
    Bei diesen Tieren handelt es sich um Hasen.
    These animals are hares.
    (literally, “In these animals it deals itself about hares.”)
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Etymology 2[edit]

From English to handle. Doublet of etymology 1.

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handeln (third-person singular simple 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
    Wir müssen sehen, wie wir dieses Problem handeln.
    We must find a way of handling this problem.
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  • Rare in writing for confusability with etymology 1, but fairly common in speech, chiefly in business and media slang.
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handeln

  1. definite singular of handel