Dictionary verb ge verb *bhrug- brauchen gebrauchen
(ge verb)

Meanings

1.
to use
(Sounds fancy and old school. You sometimes find it legal documents, but it's more common in its relatives.)
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Word of the Day - "brauchen"

A fun look at "brauchen" (to need), its prefix versions and how to use "brauchen" with verbs. Also: some really cool relations to English and other languages.

Vocab:

brauchen, verbrauchen, der Brauch, der Bedarf, Gebrauchsanweisung


"nutzen" and "benutzen" - The Difference Explained

Vocab:

nutzen, benutzen, verwenden, der Gebrauch, nützlich, hilfreich, nützen, abnutzen, ausnutzen


Word Family

Root: *bhrug-

The core idea of this root was:

enjoying, eating fruits

It’s the origin of the words around fruit (like fruition or fructose) and also of the branch around function and fungible which evolved from the idea of using.
The German brauchen slowly shifted from using to needing.

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