to put on
(For glasses, hats and headphones. Also for figurative masks and smiles. Often used reflexively - "sich+Dat etwas aufsetzen".)
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to draw up
(For official documents, like contracts and so on.)
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Word of the Day - "die Brille"

A fun look at "die Brille", the German word for glasses, and its various compounds that range from dreams to toilets.


die Brille, aufsetzen, absetzen, die Sonnenbrille, die Klobrille,

Word Family

Root: *sed-

The core idea of this root was


Today, the majority of members of the family are about a somewhat broader sense of “putting down”.
Here’s a little (incomplete) overview:

  • to sit, seat (“sitting”)
  • saddle (“seat”)
  • to set (“putting down”)
  • settle (“sitting down for camping”)
  • soil (“where your settlement is”)
  • session (“the sitting”)
  • seance (“the sitting”)
  • siege (“sitting in front”)
  • sediment (“dust settling”)
  • possess (“sit on”)
  • obsess (“sit on, occupy”)
  • sedate, sedative (“settling”)
  • assist, assistent (Originally, a person sitting next to the judge)
  • assess (see “assist”, originally an assistant responsible for determining fines)
  • size (see “assess”)
  • cathedral (Originally, it was a scholar’s chair, the root is the “thed”- part)
  • chair (comes from cathedral)
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