abschalten

Meanings

1.
to turn off
(Mainly used for bigger machinery. For most every day things, "ausmachen" is the idiomatic choice.)
2.
to relax, to unwind
(The core idea is that you "turn off" your head from thinking.)

Word Family

Root: *(s)kel-

This is one of various roots that all in some way carry the core sense of cutting.

Notable English members of this family are:

  • scalping, scalpel (from a Latin verb for cutting)
  •  shelf (cut from wood)
  • shield (cut from wood)
  • scale (originally referred to the bowl of a scale, direct relative of German die Schale)
  • skill (originally the ability to tell apart, to separate)
  • half (cut in half)
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