German edit

Etymology edit

From Middle High German denen, dennen, from Old High German thenen, thennen, from Proto-West Germanic *þannjan, from Proto-Germanic *þanjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *ten- (to stretch). The simple -n- was generalised from certain inflected forms of the West Germanic verb. Cognate with Gothic 𐌿𐍆𐌸𐌰𐌽𐌾𐌰𐌽 (ufþanjan), Latin tenēre.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈdeːnən/, [ˈdeː.nən], [ˈdeː.nn̩]
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: deh‧nen
  • Homophones: denen (general), Dänen (many speakers, especially northern and eastern regions)

Verb edit

dehnen (weak, third-person singular present dehnt, past tense dehnte, past participle gedehnt, auxiliary haben)

  1. to stretch, to make longer or wider by pulling, pushing, extending
    Synonym: strecken

Usage notes edit

  • Strecken and dehnen are often interchangeable, but the latter implies that the stretching goes to the limit. This difference is most evident with limbs: die Beine strecken (to extend one's legs) vs. die Beine dehnen (to stretch one's legs for flexibility). Accordingly, dehnen is also used in such figurative contexts as das Gesetz dehnen (to stretch the law).

Conjugation edit

Derived terms edit

Further reading edit

  • dehnen” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • dehnen” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon
  • dehnen” in Duden online
  • dehnen” in OpenThesaurus.de

Luxembourgish edit

Verb edit

dehnen (third-person singular present dehnt, past participle gedehnt, auxiliary verb hunn)

  1. Superseded spelling of deenen.

Conjugation edit

Regular
infinitive dehnen
participle gedehnt
auxiliary hunn
present
indicative
imperative
1st singular dehnen
2nd singular dehns dehn
3rd singular dehnt
1st plural dehnen
2nd plural dehnt dehnt
3rd plural dehnen
(n) or (nn) indicates the Eifeler Regel.