treten

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German treten, from Old High German tretan, from Proto-Germanic *tredaną, *trudaną. Compare Low German and Dutch treden, English tread.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈtʁeːtn̩], [ˈtʁeːtən]
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  • Hyphenation: tre‧ten

Verb[edit]

treten ‎(class 5 strong, third-person singular simple present tritt, past tense trat, past participle getreten, past subjunctive träte, auxiliary haben or sein)

  1. (transitive, auxiliary: “haben”) to step; to tread; to trample
    Wasser treten — “to tread water”
  2. (transitive, auxiliary: “haben”) to kick (a ball)
  3. (intransitive, auxiliary: “sein”) to step; to tread
    auf etwas treten — “to tread on something”
  4. (intransitive, auxiliary: “sein”, figuratively) to appear
    • 1919, Walther Kabel, Irrende Seelen, Werner Dietsch Verlag, page 107:
      Wieder begann mein Herz jetzt in rasenden Schlägen zu klopfen, wieder fühlte ich kalten Schweiß auf meine Stirn treten.
      Again my heart started now beating with racing beats, again I felt cold sweat appear on my brow.
  5. (intransitive, auxiliary: “sein”) to pedal
  6. (intransitive, auxiliary: “sein”) to walk

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