empfangen

See also: Empfängen

GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German enphāhen, from Old High German intvāhan, from Proto-Germanic *andfanhaną. Equivalent to emp- +‎ fangen and further ent- +‎ fangen. Cognate with Dutch ontvangen, Old Saxon antfāhan, obsolete English onfang.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɛmˈ(p)faŋən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aŋn̩

VerbEdit

empfangen (class 7 strong, third-person singular present empfängt, past tense empfing, past participle empfangen, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive) to receive (e.g. a present, a guest)
  2. (transitive) to welcome; to greet; to receive cordially
  3. (transitive or intransitive, biology) to conceive; to become pregnant (with)

Usage notesEdit

  • The noun corresponding to the senses “to receive” and “to welcome” is Empfang, while that corresponding to the sense “to conceive” is Empfängnis.

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