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See also: Sehen



From Old High German sehan, from Proto-Germanic *sehwaną, from Proto-Indo-European *sekʷ- ‎(to see). Compare Low German sehn, Dutch zien, English see, Danish se, Gothic 𐍃𐌰𐌹𐍈𐌰𐌽 ‎(saiƕan).

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  • sehn (dated in formal prose, but still common informally or poetically)


  • IPA(key): /ˈzeː.ən/ (official standard, but less common)
  • IPA(key): /zeːn/ (predominant)
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  • Homophone: Seen (only according to the official standard)
  • Rhymes: -eːən, -eːn


sehen ‎(class 5 strong, third-person singular simple present sieht, past tense sah, past participle gesehen, past subjunctive sähe, auxiliary haben)

  1. (intransitive) to see; to look; to have sight
    auf etwas sehen — “to look at something”
    nach etwas sehen — “to look for something”
  2. (intransitive, with “nach ...”) to take care (of something or someone); to make (something) happen; to see (to something); to look (after someone)
  3. (transitive) to see (something); to view; to watch; to observe; to look at
  4. (transitive) to notice; to perceive; to realize
  5. (reflexive with a plural subject or transitive) to meet; to go to see

Usage notes[edit]

Sehen can be used in a so-called "accusative with infinitive" construction (as in English): Ich sah ihn arbeiten. – “I saw him work.” If such a sentence is in the perfect or pluperfect tense, the infinitive usually replaces the past participle: Ich hatte ihn arbeiten sehen. – “I had seen him work.” The use of the past participle instead does occur in some speakers, but is ungrammatical to many others.


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