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  • IPA(key): /fərˈlasən/, /fɛr-/, [fɐˈlasn̩], [fɛɐ̯-], [-sən]
  • Hyphenation: ver‧las‧sen
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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old High German firlāzzan, from Proto-Germanic *fralētaną. Cognate with Dutch verlaten, archaic and/or dialectal English forlet, and Middle Low German vorlaten. Equivalent to ver- (for-) +‎ lassen (let, leave).


verlassen (class 7 strong, third-person singular present verlässt, past tense verließ, past participle verlassen, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive) to leave, to abandon; to depart, to forsake
    Die Ratten verlassen das sinkende Schiff.
    The rats are abandoning the sinking ship.
    Er verließ das Haus um 7 Uhr.
    He left the house at 7 o'clock.
    1. to leave, to desert, to dump (e.g. a partner in a romantic relationship)
      Nach dreijähriger Beziehung verließ sie ihn.
      After three years of an affectionate relationship, she left him.
    2. (figuratively) to pass away; to cease; to die (with direct object uns)
      Es tut mir leid, aber deine Mutter hat uns gestern Nacht verlassen.
      I am sorry, but your mother passed away last night.
    3. (rare) to exit or close a computer program or app
      Synonym: schließen
  2. (reflexive, with auf + accusative) to trust; to rely on
    Ich verlasse mich darauf, dass du morgen da bist.
    I rely on your being there tomorrow.
    Ich habe mich auf dich verlassen!
    I've put my trust in you!
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Etymology 2[edit]



  1. past participle of verlassen


verlassen (strong nominative masculine singular verlassener, comparative verlassener, superlative am verlassensten)

  1. lonely, forsaken
  2. (not comparable) abandoned, deserted
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  1. forlornly
    Synonym: verloren

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