anstellen

Meanings

1.
to turn on
(For “mid-sized” stuff like a TV, a heater, a washing machine. But definitely less common than "anmachen".)
Opposite (closest): abstellen
2.
to make a mess, to mischief
(Mostly used for pets or kids after they messed something up.)
3.
to join a line, to queue up
("sich+Acc anstellen"... it's the moment of lining up. Waiting in line itself is called "anstehen".)
4.
to employ
(only for people, not things. "einstellen" is the more common choice)
5.
to go about something in a stupid/smart/… way or to act stupid/smart/… while performing a task
("sich+Acc dumm/schlau/ anstellen" )
6.
to make a fuss, act sissy, be a drama queen
("sich+Acc anstellen" ... colloquial)

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The meaning(s) of the Prefix Verb - "anstehen"

A fun look at the various meanings of "anstehen" and what waiting in line has to do with manners and letters on a board.


Word Family

Root: *sta-

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