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Let's say I would like to reschedule an appointment, but to make it sooner, rather than later. I would like to know the most natural way a German speaker would say this. I'm familiar with "verschieben", but I'm afraid that carries the connotation that it will be scheduled for a later point in time.

As an American English speaker, I would say "to move it up." However, tranlating that into German doesn't give results that refer to time.

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A good choice would probably be vorverlegen. "Verlegen" refers, among other meanings, to changing the position of something - in space and/or in time. Therefore,

Die Besprechung nächste Woche wurde verlegt.

can refer to a spatial change (the meeting has been moved to another conference room) or to a temporal change (the meeting has been moved to another day in the week).

Combined with the prefix "vor-", it means something like "to change the position of something closer to the front" (however the front may be defined in the specific case). It can principally be used in a spatial context, but is typically used in a temporal one. So you could say something like

Die Besprechung nächsten Donnerstag wurde auf Dienstag vorverlegt.

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    Also, and a bit more colloquial, "vorziehen".
    – Roland
    Nov 18, 2021 at 11:25

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