einschalten

Meanings

1.
to turn on, to activate
(For devices with a switch. Less common than "anmachen" and "anschalten")
2.
to bring in, to engage
(In the sense of involving some entity into a conflict or process. Think of someone lawyering up.)

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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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