Dictionary noun *der- treten vertreten Stellvertreter


the deputy, the substitute
("-in" for a woman. Core idea is to be the replacement in case "number 1" is not available. Usually ONLY used for people. For things, "Ersatz" is the better word.)
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Root: *der-

This root is not 100% certain (in a a sense that etymologists feel like they don’t have enough evidence to call it a a certain “thing”), but the core idea of it would be:

walking, making steps

And it’s the origin of English to tread, trap and trip.

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