Meanings

1.
to lock
(doors and locks with a key)
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2.
to unlock
(For bikes. There's a bit of confusion actually, because some people also use "abschließen" in the sense of locking it.)
Value:
Opposite: anschließen
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3.
to find closure
(In the sense of bringing closure. Usually used for "phases" in the phrasing of "mit X abgeschlossen haben")
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4.
to close
(For contracts and deals. Also often just "schließen", "abschließen" sounds a bit "grander". )
Value:
Opposite: kündigen
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Word Family

Root: *klau-

The core idea of this root was:

hook, crooked piece of wood

This soon focused on the idea of closing a door by some sort of hook and the general theme of closing is still alive in many offspring today, though it’s sometimes more about a separated space.
Here’s a little (incomplete) overview – as you’ll see, many of the verbs have a translation with schließen in German.

  • close, closure (“lock”… the idea of being close comes from tightness)
  • disclose (“unlock”)
  • enclose (“to shut in”)
  • conclude (“to close with”)
  • include (“to shut in”)
  • seclude (“lock aside”)
  • preclude (“lock in advance”)
  • exclude (“lock out”)
  • occlude (“lock away from”)
  • clavicle (“lock like bone”)
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