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EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German phlëgen, from Old High German plëgan. Compare Danish pleje, English play (from Old English plegian) and Dutch plegen.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈpfleːɡən/, [ˈpfleːɡən], [ˈpfleːɡŋ̩] (standard)
  • IPA(key): /ˈfleːɡən/ (most speakers in northern and central Germany)
  • (file)

VerbEdit

pflegen (third-person singular simple present pflegt, past tense pflegte, past participle gepflegt, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive) to look after; to care for
  2. (medicine, transitive) to nurse
  3. (intransitive, with “zu” followed by an infinitive verb) to perform habitually; to be accustomed [to doing something]; to be in the habit [of doing something]
    Ich pflege zu laufen.
    “I usually walk.”
    Er pflegte zu reisen.
    “He used to travel.”

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