Dictionary verb ein verb *sed- setzen einsetzen



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.)
to put in, to insert
(pretty much only used for inlays)
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.)
to start, to set in
(For things that starts automatically, like music, insight or rain.)
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"


einsetzen, der Einsatz, reinsetzen

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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