Typing in Search Terms

  • Umlauts (ä, ö, ü) and other diacritics such as é, á, ú, ã, õ, ą, ę, ć, ç, ł, ñ, ń, ś, ź, ż, can be entered as a, o, u, e, a, u, c, l, n, s, z; words can also be typed in lower case letters even if they are normally spelled with capitals. If the Online Dictionary cannot find an exact match it will display an item spelled similarly, e.g. if you key in musli or cafe the Dictionary will find Müsli and café respectively.
    Furthermore we provide a virtual keyboard with which you can key in all the special characters you need for your selected language combination. Simply click on the keyboard icon in the search field and then select the flag which corresponds to your desired language. Please note that a number of diacritics – and this is especially interesting for keying in the tones in Chinese Pinyin – can be found by clicking on “AltGr”. If you wish to use the "Alt" key to type individual characters, you can consult our handy overview.
  • In our dictionaries, you can search directly for typical word combinations (e.g. parking facility, to tackle a problem, Krabben pulen), entire phrases (e.g. many happy returns, können Sie mir sagen, wie ich nach Köln komme?), and idioms (e.g. to look like something the cat brought in, Pudding in den Beinen haben).
  • If you key in a word spelled according to the former German spelling, the new spelling which came into effect in 2006 will be displayed.
  • If you key in an inflected form, the matching headword will be displayed in the uninflected form.
  • Words belonging to more than one part of speech (e.g. the noun project and the verb to project are listed under two (or more) Roman numerals as in our printed dictionaries.
  • Words with more than one meaning (e.g. chip) are listed under two (or more) Arabic numerals as in our printed dictionaries. When a word is spelled identically in both languages and you are using the default search (which searches in both sides of the dictionary), the result will appear in both languages, e.g. bank in English-German and Bank in German-English. You can switch between both sides by clicking the link next to “Go to …” .

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Last update on 2017-10-05.


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