Dictionary verb ver verb *keu schön verschonen (mit)
(ver verb)


to spare someone
(This is what you need for the idea of "not harming/attacking". The person (or thing) spared is the direct object.)
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to spare someone something
("verschonen mit" - same idea as before, but in a figurative sense of "not bothering someone with something annoying")
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Word of the Day - "sparen"

A quick look at the meaning of "sparen", what it has to do with German culture, and the various ways to translate "to spare".


sparen, sich sparen, sparsam, ersparen, verschonen, übrig

Word of the Day - "schonen"


schonen, verschonen, Schonzeit, Bildschirmschoner, verschönern, beschönigen

Word Family

Root: *keu

The core idea of this root was:

observing, watching, perceiving

It’s the origin of hören and to hear (which is acoustically perceiving, observing) and also of German schauen, which is about looking at.
The English brother of schauen, to show, shifted from mere seeing toward showing – first, showing what you’re seeing and then showing in the more general sense.

It’s also the origin of  German schön, which was originally “something you like to watch” and of the English caution which comes from Latin and was about watching in a sense of being on guard.

Some English relatives:

  • to show (showing what you see)
  • to hear (perceiving acoustically)
  • caution (observing danger)
  • sheen (similar to German schön)
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