zehren

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German zern, zeren, from Old High German zeren, from Proto-Germanic *tarjaną, partly merged in Middle High German with related Old High German zeran, from Proto-Germanic *teraną. Cognate with Dutch teren and, through *teraną, with English tear (rip, rend).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtseːrən/, [ˈt͡seːʁən], [ˈt͡seː.ɐn], [ˈt͡sɛɐ̯n]
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  • Hyphenation: zeh‧ren
  • Homophone: zerren (by the monosyllabic pronunciation)

Verb[edit]

zehren (third-person singular simple present zehrt, past tense zehrte, past participle gezehrt, auxiliary haben)

  1. to live on, to feed on (de, +von)
  2. to undermine, to wear out (+an)

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