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From Middle High German tragen, from Old High German tragan, from Proto-Germanic *draganą (to draw, drag), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰreǵ-, *dʰerāgʰ- (to draw, pull, drag). Cognate with Dutch dragen, English draw, drag, Danish drage.


  • IPA(key): /ˈtʁaːɡən/, /ˈtʁaːɡŋ̩/
  • Hyphenation: tra‧gen
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  • Rhymes: -aːɡn̩


tragen (class 6 strong, third-person singular simple present trägt, past tense trug, past participle getragen, past subjunctive trüge, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive) to carry, to take
    • Und was auch kommen mag,
      sei es ein dunkler Tag,
      sei es Glück oder Freude,
      wir tragen es beide!
      And come what may,
      be it a dark day,
      be it lucky or joyous,
      we take them both! (House blessing)
  2. (transitive) to hold
  3. (transitive or intransitive, fashion) to wear (clothing, jewelry)
  4. (transitive, agriculture) to produce, to bear, to yield
  5. (transitive) to support, to maintain
  6. (intransitive, agriculture) to crop
  7. (reflexive, finance) to pay for itself


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