beklagen

(be verb)

Meanings

1.
to lament
(The reason is the direct object. Sounds a bit formal)
2.
to complain about
("sich+Acc beklagen über" - sounds a bit formal, but it's more common than the first use)

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Root: *gal-

The core idea of this root was:

shouting, calling

In English, this became the word to call.

The German branch is a bit more diverse with words like klagen (to lament) and klingen, which is a general word for sounding.

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