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From Middle High German slāfen, from Old High German slāfan, from Proto-West Germanic *slāpan. Compare Low German slapen, Dutch slapen, English sleep.


  • IPA(key): [ˈʃlaːfn̩], [ˈʃlaːfən], [ˈʃlaːfɱ̩]
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schlafen (class 7 strong, third-person singular present schläft, past tense schlief, past participle geschlafen, auxiliary haben)

  1. to sleep
    Ich habe diese Nacht gut geschlafen.
    I slept well last night.
    schlafen gehento go to sleep
    sich schlafen legento lie down to sleep
  2. (with über + accusative) to sleep on something; to wait and think before making a decision
    Ich werde eine Nacht darüber schlafen.
    I'll sleep on it tonight.
  3. (with mit) to sleep with; to have sex


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