Is there a German dictionary that lists words with the same root together, e.g., where abstimmen, mitbestimmen, zustimmen etc. are listed under stimmen?

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    Not that I would know of. Your example is a good one insofar as it shows the questionable use of such a list - the composed verbs use the common root "Stimme" == vote, while "stimmen" (which you assume to be a 'final' root) goes back to another root meaning tune (both roots have another common one == voice). I am not sure what you would want to achieve which such lists.
    – tofro
    Mar 28, 2016 at 12:36
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    Would wildcards in an electronic dictionary help? E.g. *stimmen in Canoo or Leo.
    – Crissov
    Mar 28, 2016 at 13:06
  • @Crissov Right, thanks. "Dictionary" normally makes my brain switch to "paper mode"
    – tofro
    Mar 28, 2016 at 13:11
  • Many thanks, tofro and @Crissov, for your answers. I hadn't tried wildcards, but have just tried them in Leo and got what I was looking for. Perfect. Mar 28, 2016 at 13:15
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    @Crissov I have just checked, the wildcard *stimmen also works with the CD-ROM versions of the Duden dictionaries.
    – user9551
    Mar 28, 2016 at 13:42

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Canoonet offers quite a nice clickable word formation tree for many word stems including stimmen.

A click on Wordformation will lead to the following tree (only shown in part):

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One level above would be for the stem Stimme with even more derivations.

Also see this related question (in German):

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    A really nice one I didn't know! +1 for the enlightenment!
    – tofro
    Mar 28, 2016 at 19:44

Howard Kellerʹs 1978 "A German Word Family Dictionary" is pretty useful.


Go to https://www.verbformen.com/ and scroll down to the right to "Derivatives." (Not all verbs are provided with a list.)For example, for können:

≡ abkönnen ≡ ankönnen ≡ dafürkönnen ≡ dazukönnen ≡ durchkönnen ≡ fortkönnen ≡ heimkönnen ≡ herankönnen ≡ herkönnen ≡ hinkönnen ≡ hochkönnen ≡ loskönnen ≡ mitkönnen ≡ nachkönnen ≡ rankönnen ≡ rauskönnen ≡ reinkönnen ≡ umhinkönnen ≡ wegkönnen Also check Reverso Conjugation at https://conjugator.reverso.net/conjugation-rules-model-german.html. Under "Models" you will find lists of verbs which conjugate the same. Most have the same stems. Then go to In general, the prefix be- makes the verb transitive, intensifies the meaning and shifts focus to the direct object. Often the verb with be- can acquire a completely new meaning over time. If you can face the discouragement, go to https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liste_deutscher_Pr%C3%A4fixe#Pr%C3%A4fixe_mit_Verben. But be prepared to cry.


The Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache offers the word list you are looking for.



Scroll down the screen till "Etymologie", and click on the blue "Mehr"

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