behüten

Meanings

1.
to protect, to watch over
(Sounds caring and is used for something or someone you hold dear. Sounds old school and is not very common.)

Word Family

Root: *kadh-

The original idea of this root was:

sheltering, cover

In English the hut (die Hütte), it’s about a location, in hat (der Hut) it’s a specific object and in hood (die Kapuze, der Bezirk), we have both.

The English to heed and the German hüten (to guard) have shifted toward being protective.

 

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