Meanings

1.
to be obliged to, shall, should
(The core idea is a man-made obligation.)
Value:
Opposite: wollen
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Word Family

Root: *skel-

The root is not 100% certain and it might just be a Germanic or Northern European root.
The core idea in either case was:

being under an obligation

The only family members in English are shall and its version should. The German side of the tree is a bit bigger with Schuld being the word for debt and also guilt. Which at their core are both an obligation.

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