1.
to start
(ONLY for movies starting in the cinema, and also for industrial production starting and ramping up. Outside of these context, the word wouldn't make sense as "to start".)
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2.
to go to
(ONLY for ships that "target" a certain harbor. "laufen" is generally used with ships and harbors so this word is consistent, though not 100 precent logical.)
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3.
to take on color
(Think of metal tarnishing or a face blushing.)
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4.
to take a run-up
(In sports, taking up speed before jumping, for example. "Anlauf nehmen" is more idiomatic.)
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Word Family

Root: *hlaupan

This is a West-Germanic root and connections beyond the Germanic branch of the Indo-European tree are not known. It’s the origin of English to leap.

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