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Which on-line resources to use for an Austrian definition of a term?

Looking for an Austrian definition of the term "Multikulturalismus." Or do Austrians simply use a German dictionary such as "Duden"?
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Wird hier "veranlasst" im Sinne von "angewandt" benutzt?

Der Arztbrief gibt einen zusammenfassenden Überblick über den Status des Patienten bei der Entlassung, einen Rückblick über den Krankheitsverlauf, die veranlasste Therapie, eine Interpretation des ...
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erst mal vs vorerst vs fürs Erste

I have the following sentence heard in the Kitz TV series: Danke, erst mal. Context: A police investigator thanks a girl after asking her some questions about the death of a young rich friend of ...
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How should this sentence with the seemingly critical words "willst" and "doch" be interpreted?

I came across the following sentence, which according to the written source is formulated as such: Willst du mehr – ganz unersättlich – doch der Kosmos ist zerbrechlich. I suppose that "...
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German word for 'feeling no particular way' without negative connotation?

I'm trying to hunt down a word I can't seem to find anywhere. In English the feeling would be put 'feeling no particular way,' or simply existing with emphasis. Emptiness isn't the right meaning, as ...
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Why "Führerschein" instead of "Fahrerschein"?

Führen means lead or guide. Führer is leader. Führerschein is, however, driving license. For driving, there is a more suitable word: fahren. So I expect driving license should be Fahrerschein. Is ...
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This seems like a strange use of the verb stellen [duplicate]

This sentence appears in Anthony Doerr's Alles Licht, das wir nicht sehen, Aus dem Englischen von Werner Löcher-Lawrence: Die Amerikaner haben die Deutschen vorm Meer gestellt. DeepL translates this ...
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Ursprung und Bedeutung von „Auge, @<username>“ in Social-Media-Postings

In Social-Media-Postings findet man gelegentlich die Formulierung Auge, @<username>. Ich vermute, sie wird gebraucht, um jemand auf etwas hinzuweisen, im Sinne von: Das betrifft dich, @<...
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What does this sentence with stellen mean?

This is among the example sentences in Duden for stellen: die Polizei stellte die Verbrecher Google translate says it means, in English: the police caught the criminals DeepL says it means: the ...
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"durch [etwas] unverdorben"

Im folgenden Satz: X ist durch Y unverdorben. Ist Y der Grund, dass X unverdorben ist? Oder wurde X davor bewahrt, von Y verdorben zu werden? Beispiel Barbara ist durch ihre Mutter unverdorben. ...
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What does "Leidzeit" mean?

I translated "Leidzeit" into English, but I feel somehow it's just a literal translation for this word. I want to know the most usage of this word and how can I use it? Thanks in advance, my ...
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Why „guter“ in „zu guter Letzt“?

Two questions regarding “zu guter Letzt”? (1) The comparative sequence of „gut“ is „gut/besser/am besten“ and a common beginner‘s mistake would be, „Mein Computer ist guter als deiner“ rather than „ ...
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immer vs immer mehr - progressive changes

I have heard the following sentence in a Russian-Ukraine war report in the DW channel: Junge Leute werden immer unzufrieden. I initially translated this to "Young people always become ...
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Using "sich überlegen" to express "decide to do sth"

My question concerns the number of ways one may express "to decide to do sth" in German. One can use "sich entschließen" or "sich entscheiden" followed by a zu-infinitive ...
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Understand the difference between "sich beschweren" und "sich beklagen"

For me both of these verbs roughly mean "to complain". Here are Duden entries for "sich beschweren" and "sich beklagen". The examples are not really helpful: Ich habe ...
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Can "Teekesselchen" mean "homonym"?

Looking up what the name of the game Teekesselchen means, I saw that dict.cc translates it as "homonym". It does, though, seem to be a diminutive of Teekessel (teapot). Can it really be used to mean "...
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Concerning the word, "schwarzbraun;" Does this term, when applied to a person, literally mean "blackbrown", or connote "brunette"?

[1] Concerning the word, "schwarzbraun;" Does this term, when applied to a person, literally mean "black brown", or connote "brunette"? [2] Does schwarzbraun suggest a ...
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Difference between “Auffassen” and “Begreifen” in Hegel's “Phänomenologie des Geistes”

Here's the first paragraph from Hegel’s Phänomenologie des Geistes: Das Wissen, welches zuerst oder unmittelbar unser Gegenstand ist, kann kein anderes sein als dasjenige, welches selbst ...
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Can the word “Schlange” refer to a “dragon”?

In my German/English dictionary, the primary translation for “Schlange” is: snake, serpent In English, the word “serpent” usually refers to a “snake”, but it can also refer to a “dragon” (or another ...
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Mohnhaft 1928 meaning

I have been sent a document from Lübeck dated 1928 where the word "mohnhaft" in reference to a record made about my grandmother. Can you help? I'll gladly send a copy of the document.
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Was ist ein Kurzsack?

Bei der Bearbeitung einer Frage auf einer anderen Stackexchange-Seite traf ich auf folgendes Wort: Wenn ein Mädchen den Burschen gefallen und beim Tanze das erste sein will, da muss es an einem ...
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Bach und Ache, sind sie verwandt?

Sowohl bei der Ache (bspw. enthalten im Ortsnamen Eisenach) als auch beim Bach handelt es sich um Wasserläufe. Weiß jemand, ob der Bach auf das Wort Ache zurückzuführen ist oder eine anderweitige ...
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How should I understand when a word is not in DWDS, but in the literature?

While reading a modern novel in German, Alles Licht, das wir nicht sehen, I came across the word, "Verrieseln": Kalte Winde blasen vom Atlantik heran, und Etienne verbarrikadiert sich im ...
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Origin and Meaning of Prefix "ver-"

What is etymology of the prefix "ver" and what does it do to a word? For example, "lassen" means "let" but "verlassen" means "leave"
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Is "Verbockt" pejorative?

I came across word "verbockt". As far as I know, it translates to "messed up" or so. My question is, whether it's pejorative or not - so, if I can safely use it in normal ...
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What is »Trööt«?

The word Trööt appears in the title of the article “Bundesregierung im Fall Yücel. Protest ohne Trööt.” from Der Spiegel. For context purposes, here is the introductory paragraph of the article: Der ...
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Bedeutung von »so wahr mir Gott helfe«

Was bedeutet die Schwurformel »so wahr mir Gott helfe«? Gilt der Eid dann nur, falls Gott dem Eidleistenden hilft? Falls ja, müsste Gott dem Eidleistenden dann nur zum Zeitpunkt des Schwurs helfen, ...
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What is the origin of the word "Art"?

I'm currently reading C. P. E. Bach's "Versuch über die wahre Art das Clavier zu spielen". This title has been translated into english as "Essay on the true art of playing keyboard instruments". For ...
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What does Droßelmeier name mean in Hoffmann's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King?

I'm curious: What does godfather (or uncle) Droßelmeier surname mean in Nussknacker und Mausekönig? I found some translations of Droßel: 'Song thrush' (bird). It is also 'electromagnetic choke' (why?),...
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Woher kommt das Wort "Blümpen" und was bedeutet es?

Es gibt in der Dresdner Heide einen "Blümpenweg" (kann man sich zum Beispiel auf Openstreetmap anschauen) und auch eine Region in der Nähe, die auf Wanderkarten als "Die Blümpen" eingetragen ist. Weiß ...
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Can "Zusammenstellung" mean "summary"?

As far as I understand, "Zusammenstellung" means a compilation, a grouping of something. That is what I gather from Duden, Wictionary, etc. But in Linguee, it is also sometimes translated by ...
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"Explizites Einverständnis" gegenüber "implizites Einverständnis"

In einem elektronischen Formular beschreibe ich, wie die Daten verarbeitet werden. Am Schluss steht dann: "Durch das Absenden ... erklären Sie sich explizit mit der beschriebenen Verarbeitung ...
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"annehmen" means both "assume" and "presume"

Consider these two English words: assume presume Similar they may be, there is still a subtle difference between the two, namely the action of "presuming" involving more certainty. Now, ...
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Unknown word "Beuelch" on title page of 16th century German hymnal

The Christmas hymn "Es ist ein Ros entsprungen", which is of unknown origin, first appeared in print in a hymnal for the diocese of Speyer that was printed in Cologne in 1599, the so called ...
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What does it mean to be a Steppenwolf?

The word Steppenwolf appears in Peter Gay's book Weimar Culture: The Outsider as Insider. The context of the statement is: Kehr was a lonely operator, the Steppenwolf of German historical profession....
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Bedeutung von "sich überrascht zeigen"

Die Bundesregierung nach dieser Schlagzeile "zeigt sich überrascht" von Erdoğans jüngsten Tiraden. Ich habe die Bedeutung von "sich etw. zeigen" recherchiert und konnte keine klare ...
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"bis" to translate "by the time …"

I see in various places online "bis" used to translate "by the time", as in these examples: And by the time we do, my wife will be dead. Und bis wir das schaffen, wird meine Frau ...
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Du bist mir wieder einer

I have heard the following dialogue in the TV series "How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast)": Und heute Abend? Was geht? Sie kennen ja ihren Sohn. Wir gehen zu Lisas Party. Da versorgen wir alles ...
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Kann A und dann kann B

Ich kann mir 5 Wochen Urlaub nehmen und dann kann ich mit meinen Kindern verreisen. Ich kann 5 Esel füttern und dann kann ich 3 Äpfel essen. From context we know that we need at least 1 day without ...
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In this sentence "Kann man hier gut essen gehen?", why do we use gehen? What does it mean here?

In this sentence: Kann man hier gut essen gehen? Why do we use "gehen"? What does it mean here? The exercise is asking us to fill in the correct modal verb, which I have done, but I don't ...
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What's the feel of the last line in this poem?

The below poem was written as a dedication in a book. It was written by someone who was known as being very funny, but did not like it if anyone else was able to get laughs - and did not get on with ...
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What are the jokes in these quotations attributed to Paul Meyerheim?

Here are a couple of "witty" expressions attributed to Paul Meyerheim. I'm struggling to understand the humour in these - anyone able to help? Als Isadora Duncan in Berlin in Mode kam und ...
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difference between dies vs das

I have a bit of confusion between the proper use of dies and das. Both can be used as demonstrative determiner. For example, if you are pointing out to group of people in front of you and want to show ...
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What does "eben" mean in "ich arbeite immer noch für die Agentur aber eben freiberuflich"?

In this sentence, does eben mean "als" or "as" in english? Because I have never seen these meanings for "eben"
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Why is "keiner" masculine in this sentence? "Keiner sagt dir, was du tun sollst"

Why is "keiner" masculine in this sentence? "Keiner sagt dir, was du tun sollst" Is "keiner" used instead of a specific name?
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Erlernen and Lernen [duplicate]

What is the difference between the nouns Lernen and Erlernen?
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Wie habe ich das nur gemacht?

So the question is in the title. Because my German is still very basic, and I only know that "nur" means "only", I was wondering if in this phrasing it acts something like a modal ...
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Clarification of a piece of German text

I have come across the following sentence: der Geldautomat: Eine Maschine, die einem Geld von seinem Konto auszahlt. I could not derive the meaning of this sentence. Shouldn't it have been written as ...
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"Penner" as an insult?

I'm studying German, but I'm fairly new to it - could anybody explain to me what does "Penner" mean, and how it is used in general? I know it does refer to a homeless person, but I often find it ...
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Adjectives and adjectival nouns out of possessive pronouns

My question concerns adjectives and adjectival nouns derived from possessive pronouns. With regards to the former, my grammar book gives two ways of forming these, e.g., "der meine" oder &...

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