See also: Schreiben



From Middle High German schrīben, from Old High German scrīban, from Proto-West Germanic *skrīban, from Proto-Germanic *skrībaną, a late borrowing from Latin scrībō (write), which comes from a word meaning "to scribe, to scrape".

Compare Low German schrieven, Dutch schrijven, English shrive and scribe, West Frisian skriuwe, Danish skrive, Swedish skriva, Icelandic skrifa.


  • IPA(key): /ˈʃʁaɪ̯bən/, [ˈʃʁaɪ̯bən], [-ʃʁaɪ̯bm̩]
  • Hyphenation: schrei‧ben
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  • (Austria)


schreiben (class 1 strong, third-person singular present schreibt, past tense schrieb, past participle geschrieben, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive) to write, write out (to form the letters, words or symbols of)
  2. (transitive) to spell, spell out (to write or say the letters that form a word or part of a word)
  3. (intransitive) to write (to form letters, words or symbols on a surface in order to communicate)
  4. (intransitive, of a book, etc.) to write, work (on) (to be an author)
  5. (intransitive) to write (to) (to send written information, communication)
  6. (impersonal, reflexive) to write (to use for writing)
  7. (reflexive) to write (to exchange correspondence)
  8. (reflexive) to be spelled
  9. (reflexive) to spell one's name


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