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1.
to guide, to lead, to conduct
(core idea is "showing way", not about leading from the front)
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The Meaning of "leiten"

"leiten" means "to lead". But what's the difference to "führen"? And what does leading have to do with tap water? This and more is what we'll find out today.

Vocab:

leiten, die Leitung, der Leiter, die Einleitung, umleiten, ableiten, begleiten,


Word Family

Root: *leit-(2)

The core idea of this root was:

going forth

It’s the origin of to lead as well as to load, which was about loading a vehicle for the way.
Another potential family member is satellite.

In German, the branch around leiden shifted from a neutral sense of going forth to a notion of carrying on through hardship.

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