zerbrechen

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German zerbrechen, ziprechen (also as zoprechen, zuprechen, zurprechen), from Old High German zibrehhan zirbrehhan, from Proto-Germanic *tebrekaną, *twizbrekaną (to break apart, break in two), equivalent to zer- +‎ brechen. Cognate with archaic English tobreak.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [tsɐˈbʁɛçn̩], [tsɐˈbʁɛçən]
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Verb[edit]

zerbrechen (class 4 strong, third-person singular simple present zerbricht, past tense zerbrach, past participle zerbrochen, past subjunctive zerbräche, auxiliary haben)

  1. to break; break down, destroy
  2. to shatter; smash
  3. to fracture, snap

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