verzichten

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German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Verb[edit]

verzichten (third-person singular simple present verzichtet, past tense verzichtete, past participle verzichtet, auxiliary haben)

  1. to give up, go without, live without, make do without, do without, formal: forgo, dispense with
    Viele Menschen verzichten gerne auf ihr Auto, wenn der öffentliche Verkehr gut ist.
    Many people gladly give up their car if public transportation is good.
    Arme Kinder müssen z.B. auf Kinobesuche und auf Musikunterricht und andere teure Hobbys verzichten.
    Poor children have to live without going to the movies and without music lessons and other expensive hobbies
    Darauf können wir verzichten.
    We can dispense with that.
    Darauf können wir verzichten.
    We can/could do without that.
    (in both languages, either matter of fact or ironic, depending on the context)
  2. to refrain from, abstain, renounce, forswear
  3. let somebody have
    Ich verzichte auf mein Stück Kuchen.
    Someone else can have my piece of cake.
  4. resign, abdicate
  5. renounce, waive, disclaim

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  • Used without an object or with auf + accusative.

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