Dictionary verb aus verb *mag- machen ausmachen


to turn off, to switch off
(There are other options like "ausschalten" but this one is by far the most common in daily life.)
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Opposite (closest): anmachen
to make out (distinguish, recognize)
(Rarely used, but it's a parallel to English.)
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to agree (on something with someone)
("etwas mit jemandem ausmachen" - in the sense of finding an appointment or a some sort of contract. NOT for agreeing to someone's opinion.)
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to faze someone, to mind,
("jemandem etwas/nichts ausmachen" - think of it as "be a turn-off to someone", but it's not as colloquial sounding.)
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to have a (big) effect, make a/no difference
(Usually used in combination with "viel" or "wenig" or "nichts")
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to define, to make
(Usually in the phrasing "X macht Y aus." - "X is what makes Y.")
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Word Family

Root: *mag-

The core idea of this root was:

kneading, fitting

And its main field of use originally was “kneading” clay to build a house.
The sense has broadened a lot in the verb to make, but the original sense is still visible in most of the other relatives.

  • mass (originally: “unshaped lump of matter”)
  • match (originally: “masses fitting well”)
  • magma (originally: “thick dough like matter”)
  • among (originally: “kneaded together”)
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