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From Middle High German tūchen, touchen, from Old High German -tūhhan, from Proto-Germanic *dūkaną. Cognate to Dutch duiken. The word had become obsolete in Upper German, but was later reintroduced on the basis of Central German dūchen, tūchen and Middle Low German dūken, which had remained common. In the course of this process, the originally strong verb became weak. A derivative with Low German consonantism is ducken (cognate to and synonymous with English duck).


  • IPA(key): /ˈtaʊ̯xən/, [ˈtaʊ̯xən], [ˈtaʊ̯xn̩]
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  • Hyphenation: tau‧chen


tauchen (third-person singular simple present taucht, past tense tauchte, past participle getaucht, auxiliary haben or sein)

  1. to dive
  2. (figuratively) to bathe
    • 2010, Der Spiegel, issue 22/2010, page 133:
      Die Sonne steht inzwischen tief und taucht die Landschaft in ein sanftes Licht.
      By now the sun is low and bathes the landscape in a gentle light.


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