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to prescribe
(This is actually a literal translation because "pre" is a relative of "ver" and "schreiben" is the brother of "scribe". Only used in the context of doctors. For other "authorities" the word is "vorschreiben".)
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to misspell, to make a typo
("sich+Acc verschreiben" - the self reference is a must have.)
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to devote oneself to, to dedicate oneself to
("sich+Acc einer Sache+Dat verschreiben" - Literally, it means that you "sign yourself over to a cause". It sounds a bit formal and is not used much in daily life. Doesn't sound particularly passionate.)
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The German Prefix "ver-" Explained

'ver' is the most common prefix in German and there seems to be no logic to it. In this article, we'll discover its one core meaning and what we can do with it.


Word Family

Root: *skribh-

The core idea of the root was:

cutting, slicing

And very early on it was used in the context of leaving markings or making drawings and eventually, writing things.
In the Latin branch, we have the verb *scribere, which meant to write, which is the origin for words like script, prescribe, subscribe, describe and more.

Here’s a  (incomplete) list:

  • script, scripture
  • manuscript (“to write by hand”)
  • scribe 
  • subscribe (“to write under”)
  • prescribe (“to write across”)
  • inscribe (“to write in”)
  • describe (“to write down”)
  • ascribe (“write toward”)
  • transcribe (“to write over”)
  • serif, sans-serif (“little stroke, draw”)
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