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EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German biegen, from Old High German biogan, from Proto-Germanic *beuganą.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈbiːɡən/
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VerbEdit

biegen (class 2 strong, third-person singular simple present biegt, past tense bog, past participle gebogen, past subjunctive böge, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive, auxiliary “haben”) to bend something (to form something into a curve)
    Diese Stange kann man leicht biegen.
    You can easily bend this pole.
  2. (reflexive, auxiliary “haben”) to bend; to be bent (to form oneself or be formed into a curve)
    Die Bäume biegen sich im Wind.
    The trees are bending in the wind.
  3. (intransitive, auxiliary “sein”) to turn; to round a corner; to drive into a street; always requires some adverbial of location with it; otherwise use abbiegen
    Er ist um die Ecke gebogen.
    He’s turned around the corner.
    Er biegt auf die Hauptstraße.
    He turns into the main street.

Usage notesEdit

  • Biegen is the most general word for “to bend”. However, in some cases beugen is preferable. See the latter for detailed notes.

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Middle High GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old High German biogan.

VerbEdit

biegen

  1. to bow
  2. to bend

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DescendantsEdit

  • German: biegen