Meanings

1.
to quit the job
(Works fine without an object.)
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2.
to cancel a contract/plan
(The contract is the direct object here.)
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Opposite: abschließen
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3.
to lay off, to fire
(The person being fired can be in Dative AND Accusative, actually. With Dative, it sounds a little less in the face.)
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Word of the Day - "Kunde"

Kunde means customer. But also knowledge. And kündigen mean to fire someone. Today, we’ll find out what connects all those and learn some more cool words.

Vocab:

der Kunde, sich erkundigen,kündigen, ankündigen, die Kündigung, die Urkunde


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Word Family

Root: *gno-

The core idea of this root was

knowing

It’s the origin of can and to know and a big branch of Latin and Greek words that are all about knowledge in some way.
Here’s a little (incomplete) overview:

  • can, could (“knowledge, skill”)
  • to know, knowledge, acknowledge (“to know”)
  • cognition (“get to know”)
  • agnostic (“not knowing”)
  • ignore, ignorant (“not knowing”)
  • incognito (“unknown”)
  • connoisseur (“the knower”)
  • diagnose (“know about someone else”)
  • recognize (“know again”)
  • physiognomy (“knowledge of the physique”)
  • notice, notify
  • noble (“the known ones”)
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