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German - English (British) translations for "hinter"

"hinter" German translation




hinter is a German preposition that means 'behind' in English.

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Meaning: behind (location)

Das Auto steht hinter dem Haus.

The car is behind the house.

Meaning: after (time)

Wir treffen uns hinter der Arbeit.

We'll meet after work.

Meaning: beyond (limit)

Er geht immer einen Schritt hinter seine Grenzen.

He always goes one step beyond his limits.

Meaning: hidden (concealed)

Sie hat ein Geheimnis hinter ihrem Lächeln.

She has a secret hidden behind her smile.


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A1: Der Hund versteckt sich hinter dem Baum.

The dog is hiding behind the tree.

A1: Ich habe mein Buch hinter dem Sofa gefunden.

I found my book behind the sofa.

A1: Die Kinder spielen im Garten hinter dem Haus.

The children are playing in the garden behind the house.

B1: Hinter dem Vorhang hat sich jemand versteckt.

Someone has hidden behind the curtain.

B1: Er hat das Geld hinter seinem Rücken versteckt.

He hid the money behind his back.

B1: Hinter der Tür befindet sich ein Geheimnis.

There is a secret behind the door.

C1: Hinter diesem Projekt steckt viel Arbeit und Engagement.

There is a lot of work and commitment behind this project.

C1: Hinter seinen freundlichen Worten verbirgt sich eine böse Absicht.

There is an evil intention behind his friendly words.

C1: Das Unternehmen steht hinter dieser Initiative und unterstützt sie finanziell.

The company supports this initiative and provides financial support.

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The preposition hinter is used to indicate the position or location of something that is situated at the back or rear of another object or person. It is commonly used to describe the physical placement of objects, such as 'Das Buch liegt hinter dem Stuhl' (The book is behind the chair).

In addition to indicating physical location, hinter can also be used metaphorically to express a sense of being hidden or concealed. For example, 'Er verbirgt sich hinter einer Maske' (He hides himself behind a mask) implies that someone is concealing their true identity or intentions.

It's important to note that hinter is often combined with other prepositions to provide more specific information about the location or direction. For instance, 'hinterher' means 'afterwards' or 'later', while 'hinter etwas her sein' means 'to be after something'.

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