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From Middle High German suochen, süechen, from Old High German suohhen, from Proto-West Germanic *sōkijan, from Proto-Germanic *sōkijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *seh₂g- (seek out).

Originally Upper German form without umlaut on long rounded vowel before velar, reinforced against the umlauted Central German form (cf. Luxembourgish sichen) by the umlautless past forms (cf. cognate English seeksought). Other cognates include Dutch zoeken, Low German söken, Danish søge, Gothic 𐍃𐍉𐌺𐌾𐌰𐌽 (sōkjan).


  • IPA(key): /ˈzuːxən/, [ˈzuː.xn̩], [-χn̩], [-xən], [-χən] (prescriptive standard)
  • IPA(key): /ˈsuːχɛn/, [-χn̩], [-xɛn], [-xn̩] (Austria)
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suchen (weak, third-person singular present sucht, past tense suchte, past participle gesucht, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive or intransitive + nach) to search, to look for
    Ich suche meinen Schlüssel. / Ich suche nach meinem Schlüssel.
    I’m looking for my key.
  2. (formal) to seek, strive, intend, try
    Synonyms: streben, versuchen, beabsichtigen


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