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German - English (British) translations for "versuchen"

"versuchen" German translation




Versuchen is a German verb that means to attempt or try something.

Part of speech



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Meaning: to try

Ich werde versuchen, pünktlich zu sein.

I will try to be on time.

Meaning: to attempt

Er hat versucht, den Rekord zu brechen.

He attempted to break the record.

Meaning: to taste/test

Kannst du bitte das Essen versuchen und sagen, ob es genug Salz hat?

Can you please taste the food and tell me if it has enough salt?

Meaning: to tempt/entice

Der Duft des frisch gebackenen Brotes versuchte ihn.

The smell of freshly baked bread tempted him.



  • ich versuche
  • du versuchst
  • er/sie/es versucht
  • wir versuchen
  • ihr versucht
  • sie/Sie versuchen


  • ich habe versucht
  • du hast versucht
  • er/sie/es hat versucht
  • wir haben versucht
  • ihr habt versucht
  • sie/Sie haben versucht


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


  • ich hatte versucht
  • du hattest versucht
  • er/sie/es hatte versucht
  • wir hatten versucht
  • ihr hattet versucht
  • sie/Sie hatten versucht

Simple Past

  • ich versuchte
  • du versuchtest
  • er/sie/es versuchte
  • wir versuchten
  • ihr versuchtet
  • sie/Sie versuchten


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Ich versuche, pünktlich zu sein.

I try to be punctual.

Wir haben es versucht, aber es hat nicht geklappt.

We tried it, but it didn't work out.

Kannst du es bitte nochmal versuchen?

Can you please try it again?

Er hat versucht, die Tür aufzuschließen.

He tried to unlock the door.

Sie wird versuchen, den Job zu bekommen.

She will try to get the job.

Hast du schon mal versucht, vegan zu leben?

Have you ever tried living vegan?

Nachdem er es mehrmals vergeblich versucht hatte, gab er auf.

After trying several times unsuccessfully, he gave up.

Ich hätte es gerne versucht, aber ich hatte keine Zeit.

I would have liked to try it, but I didn't have time.

Wenn du es nicht versuchst, wirst du nie wissen, ob du es schaffen kannst.

If you don't try, you'll never know if you can do it.

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The verb versuchen is commonly used in everyday conversation and can be applied to a variety of situations. It is often used when someone wants to try something new or take on a challenge. For example, if someone wants to learn how to play an instrument, they might say 'Ich werde versuchen, Gitarre zu spielen' which translates to 'I will try to play the guitar.'

In addition to its everyday use, versuchen can also have legal implications. In German law, the term 'versuch' (which comes from the verb versuchen) refers to an attempted crime. This means that even if someone did not successfully commit a crime, they can still be charged with attempted criminal activity if they made an effort to do so.

Overall, versuchen is a versatile verb that can be used in many different contexts. Whether you are attempting something new or dealing with legal matters, this word is an important one to know for anyone learning German.

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