nötigen (zu)

(verb)

Meanings

1.
to coerce, to bully, to compel
(Usually used in the sense of somehow pushing someone to do something they don't want to do. Not as strong and immediate as "zwingen".)

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The meaning of - "die Not"

We’ll look at the family of die Not and find lots of necessary words - literally :).

Vocab:

die Not, notwendig, nötig, benötigen, der Notfall


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Root: *nau(ti-)

The original core of this root was a sense of:

death, exhaustion, collapsing

But this soon shifted toward the idea of “lack of something”.

In English to need , and also in the Slavic branch, the sense shifted further toward the idea of need.
In German, it is also about lack, but it kept more of a sense of emergency.

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