vorstellen

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Etymology[edit]

vor- +‎ stellen

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈfoːɐ̯ʃtɛln̩], [ˈfoːɐ̯ʃtɛlən]
  • (file)

Verb[edit]

vorstellen (third-person singular simple present stellt vor, past tense stellte vor, past participle vorgestellt, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive) to move (something) forward
  2. (transitive) to put (the clocks) forward
  3. (transitive) to represent; to mean
  4. (transitive) to introduce (someone), to present
  5. (reflexive) to move forward
  6. (reflexive) to introduce oneself
  7. (reflexive dative) to imagine
    Ich kann's mir nicht vorstellen!
    I can't imagine this!
    • 2017, Simone Meier, Fleisch, Kein & Aber 2018, p. 41:
      Er war noch nie im Irrenhaus gewesen, er kannte keine Leute dort, aber er stellte sich hinter der schlossähnlichen Fassade eine Reihe von Gummizellen mit tobsüchtigen Patienten drin vor […].
      So far he had never been to the asylum and didn't know anyone there, but behind the palatial façade he imagined a row of padded cells with raving mad patients in them.

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