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German - English (British) translations for "sterben"

"sterben" German translation




to die

Part of speech



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Meaning: to die

Er ist gestern gestorben.

He died yesterday.

Meaning: to wither

Die Blumen sterben, weil sie kein Wasser bekommen.

The flowers are withering because they're not getting any water.

Meaning: to fade

Die Erinnerung an diesen Moment wird nie sterben.

The memory of this moment will never fade.

Meaning: to be dying

Der Patient liegt im Krankenhaus und stirbt langsam.

The patient is lying in the hospital and is slowly dying.

Meaning: to starve

Die Tiere sterben, wenn sie nicht genug zu essen haben.

The animals starve if they don't have enough to eat.



  • ich sterbe
  • du stirbst
  • er/sie/es stirbt
  • wir sterben
  • ihr sterbt
  • sie/Sie sterben


  • ich starb
  • du starbst
  • er/sie/es starb
  • wir starben
  • ihr starbt
  • sie/Sie starben


  • ich werde sterben
  • du wirst sterben
  • er/sie/es wird sterben
  • wir werden sterben
  • ihr werdet sterben
  • sie/Sie werden sterben


  • ich war gestorben
  • du warst gestorben
  • er/sie/es war gestorben
  • wir waren gestorben
  • ihr wart gestorben
  • sie/Sie waren gestorben

Simple Past

  • ich starb
  • du starbst
  • er/sie/es starb
  • wir starben
  • ihr starbt
  • sie/Sie starben


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A1: Ich sterbe vor Hunger.

A1: I'm dying of hunger.

A1: Er ist gestern gestorben.

A1: He died yesterday.

A1: Sie wird bald sterben.

A1: She will die soon.

B1: Die alte Frau ist friedlich gestorben.

B1: The old woman died peacefully.

B1: Meine Großeltern sind vor vielen Jahren gestorben.

B1: My grandparents died many years ago.

B2: Wenn ich krank bin, sterbe ich fast vor Langeweile.

B2: When I'm sick, I almost die of boredom.

B2: Er war bei dem Unfall beinahe gestorben.

B2: He had almost died in the accident.

C1: Nachdem er den Gipfel erklommen hatte, fühlte er sich wie wiedergeboren.

C1: After he had reached the summit, he felt reborn.

C1: Sie hätte sterben können, wenn sie nicht rechtzeitig ins Krankenhaus gekommen wäre.

C1: She could have died if she hadn't arrived at the hospital on time.

C2: Obwohl er schon so lange tot ist, lebt seine Musik weiter.

C2: Although he has been dead for so long, his music lives on.

Advanced Description

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The German verb 'sterben' means 'to die'. It is a strong verb that belongs to the third class of German verbs, which means it undergoes vowel changes in its stem when conjugated. The conjugation of 'sterben' includes regular present tense forms such as 'ich sterbe' (I die), 'du stirbst' (you die), and 'er/sie/es stirbt' (he/she/it dies). In the past tense, the verb takes the form 'ich starb' (I died) and in the future tense, it becomes 'ich werde sterben' (I will die).

'Sterben' can be used in various contexts, such as describing the end of someone's life or referring to the death of animals or plants. It is also commonly used metaphorically to express the idea of something coming to an end or ceasing to exist. For example, one might say 'Die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt' (Hope dies last) to convey the idea that hope should never be abandoned.

It is important to note that 'sterben' is an intransitive verb, which means it does not take a direct object. Instead, it is often used with prepositions like 'an' (of), 'vor' (before), or 'bei' (at) to indicate the cause or circumstances of death. For instance, 'an einer Krankheit sterben' means 'to die of an illness', while 'bei einem Unfall sterben' means 'to die in an accident'.

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