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1.
to dj, to put on a record
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2.
to hang up the phone
(You do NOT need a direct object here. "auflegen" itself is enough.)
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Opposite: abheben
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3.
to (re)issue, to publish
(For doing a print run for a book or magazine. The origin is "laying the printing plate" onto the printer. More common in combination with “neu”, also used figuratively for re-issuing something old.)
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to lay on to of
(ONLY in a few contexts, like laying a hand onto something. For 95% of instances, "rauflegen" is the idiomatic choice.)
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Prefix Verbs Explained - "auflegen"

A fun look at the meanings of "auflegen" and what dj-ing has to do with making phone calls and newspapers.


Word Family

Root: *legh-

The core idea of this root was:

laying, lying down

of course the verbs to lay and to lie belong here, but the root is also the origin of law, lair, ledger, allay and low.  And of lager, which is essentially a German word that means storage.

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