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erlangen

1.
to attain, to achieve
(Implies a long process. Mainly for non-tangible stuff like positions, status, reputation and so on. )
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The German Prefix "er-" explained

The prefix "er-" seems to be very confusing, but there's actually a common underlying theme. Today, we'll find out what that is and check out examples.


Word Family

Root: *del-

The core idea of this root was:

long, length

The root got extended to *dlong- and the d slowly disappeared. The original sense is still very much at the center today, as you can see in offspring like long, length, longitude or elongate.

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