Meanings

1.
to transfer
(in context of job posts, the employer moving you to a different city. Also in school, for moving so. to the next class, and in some cases, moving objects.)
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2.
to stand up
("jemanden versetzen" - NOT show up for a date or appointment.)
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to add
(Mix or thin a material with something else. Super technical term.)
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to deliver, deal
(For punches and shocks.)
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to render, to put
(for emotions, above all fear, you "put someone into the emotion" - versetzen in)
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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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