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From Old High German abageban, from Proto-Germanic *abagebaną; equivalent to ab- (from) +‎ geben (give).


  • IPA(key): [ˈapɡeːbn]
  • Hyphenation: ab‧ge‧ben
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abgeben (class 5 strong, third-person singular simple present gibt ab, past tense gab ab, past participle abgegeben, auxiliary haben)

  1. to hand in
  2. to deliver
  3. to deposit
  4. to give away
    • (to die) den Löffel abgeben
      to sell the farm, to peg out, to pip out
  5. to sell
  6. to hand over
  7. to pass on
  8. to concede
  9. to emit, give off
    • Wärme abgeben
      to give off heat
  10. (sports, transitive) to pass a ball
  11. (shoot) to fire
  12. (declaration) to give
  13. (vote) to cast
  14. (stuff, plot, background, frame) to provide
  15. (to act like someone) to make
    • den Clown abgeben
      to make the clown
  16. (sports, intransitive) to pass
  17. (reflexive) to bother oneself with somebody/something, to associate with somebody/something, to mess around with somebody.


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