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From a merger of two interrelated verbs: 1.) Middle High German linen, lenen, from Old High German hlinēn, from Proto-Germanic *hlinjaną; and 2.) Middle High German leinen, from Old High German hleinen, from Proto-Germanic *hlainijaną, a causative of the former. The merger occurred in Central and Low German dialects, in which -ei- and open-syllable -i-, -e- all become > -ē- (Middle Low German lēnen). Some Upper German dialects retain a distinction between transitive and intransitive forms to this day. Cognate with Dutch leunen, English lean.


  • IPA(key): /ˈleːnən/, [ˈleːnən], [ˈleːnn̩]


lehnen ‎(third-person singular simple present lehnt, past tense lehnte, past participle gelehnt, auxiliary haben)

  1. (intransitive or reflexive) to lean
  2. (transitive) to lean something


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