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EtymologyEdit

auf- +‎ passen, a calque of Dutch oppassen. The sense “to be attentive” is not borrowed from French (as is the verb stem passen) but a native development of Dutch.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [ˈaʊ̯fpasən], [ˈaʊ̯fpasn̩]
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VerbEdit

aufpassen (third-person singular simple present passt auf, past tense passte auf, past participle aufgepasst, auxiliary haben)

  1. to watch out
  2. to look after something
    Könntest du kurz auf meinen Hund aufpassen?
    Could you look after my dog for a moment?
  3. to be attentive (with something)
    Er soll mit seinem Geld aufpassen
    He should be careful with his money.

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