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From Old High German smelzan, from Proto-Germanic *smeltaną; akin to Old Saxon smeltan. Cognate with English smelt, Danish smelte, Dutch smelten, German Low German smölten. Through the meaning of soften: compare Old Church Slavonic младъ (mladŭ) (whence младость (mladostĭ, softness)), Latin mollis (soft).


  • IPA(key): /ˈʃmɛltsn̩/, /ˈʃmɛltsən/
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schmelzen (class 3 strong, third-person singular present schmilzt, past tense schmolz, past participle geschmolzen, past subjunctive schmölze, auxiliary haben or sein)

  1. (intransitive) to melt; to liquefy [auxiliary sein]
  2. (intransitive, figuratively) to dwindle; to melt away [auxiliary sein]
  3. (transitive) to melt; to liquefy [auxiliary haben]
  4. (transitive, metallurgy) to smelt; to fuse [auxiliary haben]

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  • Though certainly possible, transitive use is less common; schmelzen lassen (literally make melt) is preferred instead.


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