Recently I am checking prepositions in dictionaries, when talking about spatial meaning for the preposition, there are 2 entries: "1- räumlich" AND "2- räumlich übertr. OR übertragen" , what does the second one mean? what is the difference with first one?

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    Please give examples of such prepositions Apr 21 '18 at 11:49
  • It could mean "vernacularized", but as @Hubert mentioned it's hard to tell exactly without a prominent example. Apr 21 '18 at 12:51
  • dwds.de/wb/in 1- räumlich 1a. mit Dat. ....................... 2- räumlich: übertragen a) mit Dat. ........
    – orodeous
    Apr 22 '18 at 19:26

The usage of prepositions in German can be mostly divided in four classes: 1. spatial 2. temporal 3. modal 4. causal. Many prepositions are used in more than one class. Following is a clear spatial usage of the preposition in:

In der Schublade liegt das Dokument.

The definition "übertragen" is used when it is used symbolic, example:

In der Ruhe liegt die Kraft.

You could say it is a spatial preposition. However "Ruhe" (quiet, silence) is no real world place where something can be there. So you would say it is "räumlich übertragen".

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