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German - English (British) translations for "ziehen"

"ziehen" German translation




To pull or move something in a certain direction.

Part of speech



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Meaning: to pull

Er zog an der Tür.

He pulled on the door.

Meaning: to move

Sie ziehen in eine neue Wohnung.

They are moving to a new apartment.

Meaning: to attract

Die Werbung zieht viele Kunden an.

The advertisement attracts many customers.

Meaning: to draw

Er zieht ein Bild.

He draws a picture.

Meaning: to stretch

Sie zieht sich vor dem Training aufwärmen.

She stretches before exercising.



  • ich ziehe
  • du ziehst
  • er/sie/es zieht
  • wir ziehen
  • ihr zieht
  • sie/Sie ziehen


  • ich zog
  • du zogst
  • er/sie/es zog
  • wir zogen
  • ihr zogt
  • sie/Sie zogen


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


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

Simple Past

  • ich zog
  • du zogst
  • er/sie/es zog
  • wir zogen
  • ihr zogt
  • sie/Sie zogen


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A1: Ich ziehe meine Jacke an.

I put on my jacket.

A1: Er zieht seinen Hut ab.

He takes off his hat.

A2: Wir ziehen um nächsten Monat.

We are moving next month.

B1: Sie zog die Tür zu und ging weg.

She closed the door and left. (Simple past)

B2: Ich habe gestern einen Zahn gezogen bekommen.

I had a tooth extracted yesterday. (Present perfect)

B2: Wenn es regnet, ziehe ich meine Regenjacke an.

When it rains, I put on my raincoat. (Present tense + wenn clause)

C1: Der Arzt hat ihm geraten, sich eine Jacke anzuziehen.

The doctor advised him to put on a jacket. (Present perfect + infinitive construction)

C2: Nachdem er seine Ausbildung beendet hatte, zog er in eine andere Stadt, um dort zu arbeiten.

After he finished his training, he moved to another city to work. (Past perfect + subordinate clause)

C2: Wäre ich reich, würde ich in ein Schloss ziehen.

If I were rich, I would move into a castle. (Conditional mood)

Advanced Description

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The German verb ziehen is commonly used to describe the action of pulling or moving something in a particular direction. It can refer to physical movement, such as pulling a door open or dragging a heavy object across the floor. However, it can also be used more figuratively, such as when describing the movement of a group of people or the progress of an event.

In addition to its basic meaning of 'to pull', the verb ziehen has a number of other related meanings and uses. For example, it can be used to describe the act of drawing or sketching something on paper, or to indicate that someone is smoking a cigarette. It can also be used in idiomatic expressions, such as 'die Fäden ziehen' (to pull the strings), which means to control a situation from behind the scenes.

One important thing to note about the verb ziehen is that it is often used in combination with prepositions to indicate different types of movement or direction. For example, 'an etwas ziehen' means to pull on something, while 'hinziehen' means to pull towards oneself. Understanding these different combinations is key to using the verb correctly in context.

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