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See also: käufen and Käufen


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From Middle High German koufen, from Old High German koufōn, from Proto-West Germanic *kaupōn, from Proto-Germanic *kaupōną, from Proto-Germanic *kaupô (merchant), a borrowing from Latin caupō (tradesman; shopkeeper), possibly ultimately from Pre-Greek ; cognate with Dutch kopen. Compare English cheapen.


  • IPA(key): [ˈkaʊ̯fn̩], [ˈkaʊ̯fən]
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kaufen (weak, third-person singular present kauft, past tense kaufte, past participle gekauft, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive) to buy, to purchase
    Sie kauft ein Auto.She is buying a car.
    Ich glaube, wir haben zu viel gekauft.I think we bought too much.
  2. (ditransitive) to buy, to purchase for someone
    Ich kaufe meinem Sohn einen Computer.I'm buying my son a computer.
    Ich kaufe mir ein Eis.I'm buying (myself) some ice cream.


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