Meanings

1.
to lay over
(Rarely used in this sense, and mainly in the the context of casually putting a blanket over oneself, at a camp fire for instance - "sich+Dat etwas überlegen")
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The meaning of "überlegen"

A fun look at the meaning of "überlegen", the surprising logic behind the meaning and the difference to "nachdenken".


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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