Dictionary verb *mag- machen klarmachen


to get, to organize, to hook someone up with something
(Very colloquial term for organizing an item. )
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to pick up and take home
(Colloquial term in "dating" for picking someone up and taking them home. Sounds bragging and juvenile. )
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to explain, to drive home, to spell out
("jemandem/sich etwas klarmachen" - the core idea here is really making someone be clear about something. )
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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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