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leisten

Stressed vowel length and/or separability: le̲i̲sten

transitives Verb

reflexives Verb

[umgangssprachlich]
  • 1sich (Dat.) etwas leisten
    treat oneself to something
    wer leistet sich (Dat.) denn heute noch diesen Luxus?
    who nowadays is prepared to spend the money on such a luxury?
  • 2 (mit „können“)sich (Dat.) etwas [nicht] leisten können
    [not] be able to afford something
    er kann es sich (Dat.) leisten, das zu tun
    he can afford to do it
    (etwas Riskantes)
    he can get away with doing it
  • 3 (wagen)sich (Dat.) etwas leisten
    get up to something
    was der sich (Dat.) leistet! sich (Dat.) einen groben Schnitzer leisten
    make a great blunder
    wer hat sich (Dat.) diese Frechheit geleistet?
    who was it who had the cheek to do/say etc. that?
    ich habe mir heute vielleicht was [Schönes] geleistet [umgangssprachlich]
    I really excelled myself today [ironisch]
    I did something really brilliant today [ironisch]

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Leisten
Stressed vowel length and/or separability: Le̲i̲sten

Maskulinum Leistens, Leisten

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