to demand, to exact, to take
("jemandem etwas abverlangen" - the core idea is demanding a LOT from someone or taking a high toll on someone. Think of a very difficult project that takes a lot of energy from you.)
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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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