Dictionary verb unter verb he(runter) verb *legh- legen unterlegen (d)runterlegen



to lay down
(In the literal sense of taking an object that was "up" and laying it down.)
to lay under
("(d)runterlegen (unter+Acc)" - The focus here is that the object then STAYS under the thing. Think of putting a floor cloth under a dripping sink. That's why "dr-" is more idiomatic than "r-". "her-" is NOT an option, despite what textbooks might imply.)
Opposite (closest): rüberlegen


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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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