Meanings

1.
to look at sb./sth.
(The use depends on the region. Many regions prefer "angucken" or "anschauen". "Ansehen" tends to sound a bit stiff.)
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2.
to take a look at
("sich (Dative) etwas ansehen " in a more observing, inquisitive personal sense. )
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3.
to pick up something about someone or something
("jemandem/einer Sache etwas ansehen"... for instance seeing that someone is tired or sad or knowing from sight that something is heavy. You "see" it "at them", if you will.)
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4.
to watch
(Movies etc., only in some regions of Germany. Other use "angucken" or "anschauen")
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5.
to see as...
("Ich sehe das als Kompliment an" - "I see that as a compliment")
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Word of the Day - "ansehen"

A thorough look at the meaning of "ansehen" and how to use it for looking at things, watching movies and reputation.

Vocab:

ansehen, sich ansehen, das Ansehen, ansehnlich, die Ansicht


Word Family

Root: *seku̯-

The original sense of the root was:

following, pursuing

If we think of this in a context of hunting, we can easily see why how this root evolved into the words to see (from following with eyes) and to say (telling what you see). The connection of “to say” is debated, though.

The original sense of following is well preserved in the Latin branch around  *sequi (to follow) with words like sequence, sect or execute.

Also the words around social likely belong to this family.
Here’s an (incomplete) list of the relatives in English:

  • social, associate, society… (“followers, going together”)
  • sequence, sequel, second, sect, segue (“what follows”)
  • pursue, persecute, prosecute (“going/come after”, basically prefix versions of the Latin base verb)
  • execute (to follow through)
  • to see (“follow with eyes”)
  • to say (“tell what you see”)

 

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