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From Old High German vergezzen, firgezzan, from Proto-West Germanic *fragetan.


  • IPA(key): /fɛɐ̯ˈɡɛsən/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: ver‧ges‧sen


vergessen (class 5 strong, third-person singular present vergisst, past tense vergaß, past participle vergessen, past subjunctive vergäße, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive) to forget (lose remembrance of)
    Diese ganzen Geschichten hatte ich ja ganz vergessen.
    I'd completely forgotten all these stories.
  2. (transitive) to forget (fail to do something out of forgetfulness)
    Ich habe vergessen, den Brief abzuschicken.
    I forgot to send off the letter.
  3. (transitive) to leave (forget to take)
    Ich habe meinen Schlüssel bei dir vergessen.
    I left my key at your place.
  4. (transitive) to overlook, to miss

Usage notes[edit]

  • In Austria, this verb may alternatively be construed with "auf" and a following accusative object; this usage is encompassed by the non-prepositional variant, but not the other way around. It is only possible with senses 2 and 3.
  • In older usage, this verb governed the genitive. This is now obsolete.


Derived terms[edit]


vergessen (not comparable)

  1. forgotten


Further reading[edit]

  • vergessen” in Duden online
  • vergessen” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache