verhalten

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

ver- +‎ halten. Cognate with English forhold. Compare Danish forholde sig.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /fɛɐ̯ˈhaltn̩/, /fɛɐ̯ˈhaltən/
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

verhalten (comparative verhaltener, superlative am verhaltensten)

  1. restrained

Declension[edit]

Verb[edit]

verhalten (class 7 strong, third-person singular present verhält, past tense verhielt, past participle verhalten, auxiliary haben)

  1. (reflexive) to behave
  2. (reflexive, impersonal) to be
    • 2010, Der Spiegel, issue 24/2010, page 87:
      Politisch war Frankreich lange Zeit ein Riese, wirtschaftlich aber ein Zwerg, bei den Deutschen verhielt es sich genau umgekehrt.
      Politically France was a giant for a long time, but economically a dwarf, with the Germans it was exactly the other way round.
  3. (reflexive, informal) to repress
  4. (reflexive, informal) to go more slowly
  5. (reflexive, sports, riding) to parry
  6. (reflexive, regional) to have a good attitude towards oneself
  7. (reflexive, Austria, Switzerland) to undertake
  8. (reflexive, archaic outside Switzerland) to close with the hand

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Further reading[edit]

  • verhalten” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon
  • verhalten” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • verhalten” in Duden online