Dictionary verb an verb *deru-, *dreu- trauen vertrauen anvertrauen



to trust someone with something
("jemandem etwas anvertrauen" - in the sense of "giving something to the person because you think they'll handle it appropriately.)
to tell someone a secret
("sich+Acc jemandem anvertrauen" - you "give" yourself to a person)

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Word of the Day - "trauen"

A fun look at the German verb "trauen", the difference to "sich trauen" and what confidence has to do with marriage and fidelity. #datingadvice #kidding


trauen, sich trauen, vertrauen, treu, heiraten,

Word Family

The core idea of this root was

firm, hard, strong

It has evolved into quite an impressive language tree where the two main branches in English are about lasting over time (during, duration, durable, endurance) and being steadfast, honest (trust, truth, true)

Here’s a little (incomplete) overview:

  • tree
  • dendro- (Greek stem for tree)
  • Druid (literally “tree-wit, tree, knower”)
  • dryad (“wood nymph”)
  • duration, during, endurance, durable
  • trust
  • truth, true
  • duress (originally:” hardness”, then “toughness”)
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