meinen

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German[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old High German meinen, from Proto-Germanic *mainijaną(to mean, think; lament).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmaɪ̯nən/, [ˈmaɪ̯nən], [ˈmaɪ̯nn̩]

Verb[edit]

meinen (third-person singular simple present meint, past tense meinte, past participle gemeint, auxiliary haben)

  1. to think (to be of the opinion)
  2. to mean, to signify
  3. to mean, to intend
  4. (colloquial) to say
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Etymology 2[edit]

Inflected form of mein.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmaɪ̯nən/, [ˈmaɪ̯nən], [ˈmaɪ̯nn̩] (standard)
  • IPA(key): /maɪ̯n/ (common, colloquial)
  • Homophone: mein (nonstandard)

Pronoun[edit]

meinen

  1. (possessive) accusative singular masculine of mein
  2. (possessive) dative plural of mein
Usage notes[edit]
  • In colloquial spoken German, the masculine nominative forms mein, dein, kein, etc may not be distinguished from the accusative forms meinen, deinen, keinen etc in adjectival use. The distinction is maintained in substantival use, i.e. without a following noun.

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