vermögen

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See also: vermogen and Vermögen

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

ver- +‎ mögen

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [fɛəˈmøːɡŋ̩], [fɛɐ̯ˈmøːɡən]
  • Hyphenation: ver‧mö‧gen
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Verb[edit]

vermögen (irregular, third-person singular simple present vermag, past tense vermochte, past participle vermocht, past subjunctive vermöchte, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive, takes infinitive with zu) to be able to; may
    Das vermag ich nicht zu machen.
    I'm not able to do that.
  2. (transitive, takes accusative and infinitive with zu) to cause someone to do something, to impel
    • 1792, Wilhelm von Humboldt, Ideen zu einem Versuch, die Gränzen der Wirksamkeit des Staats zu bestimmen[1], Breslau: Eduard Trewendt, published 1851, page 129:
      Je weniger der Mensch anders zu handeln vermocht wird, als sein Wille verlangt, oder seine Kraft ihm erlaubt, desto günstiger ist seine Lage im Staat.
      The less man is made to act asunder from what his will seeks, or what his life force allows, the benigner is his setting in the state.
    Synonyms: veranlassen, bewegen, bemüßigen, anmüßigen

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