Meanings

1.
to employ, to use, to utilize
(For all kinds of assets like tools, magic or staff. But NOT for employing people in the sense of giving them a job.)
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2.
to put in, to insert
(pretty much only used for inlays)
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3.
to invest, to put on the line
(For stakes in some kind of gamble. Can be money but also your health in a difficult stunt.)
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4.
to start, to set in
(For things that starts automatically, like music, insight or rain.)
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5.
to support something, to champion something
("sich*Acc einsetzen für" - it's about making an ACTIVE effort, putting yourself out there.)
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Prefix Verbs Explained - "einsetzen"

Vocab:

einsetzen, der Einsatz, reinsetzen


Word Family

Root: *sed-

The core idea of this root was

sitting

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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