to get off
(Bikes, buggies or jet-skies. NOT for cars, busses and trains. That's "aussteigen". It works for horses, but "absitzen" is the more "jargon" term there.)
Opposite: aufsteigen
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to descend
(In context of mountain climbing, but very rare. The noun "der Abstieg" is more common.)
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to be relegated
(In context of sports leagues, when a team goes one league "lower" at the end of a season.)
Opposite: aufsteigen
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The meaning of " steigen"

A thorough look at the meaning of "steigen" and it's prefix versions, which are crucial if you want to use transportation in Germany :). Also: steigern.


steigen, einsteigen, aussteigen, steigern, die Steigerung, versteigern

Word Family

Root: *steigh-

The core idea of this root was:

walking, striding upward

The most notable English relative is the noun stair,  but the root is also the origin of stickler, which originally was about putting on a base, and hemistich and stoichiometry.  Which are both words I had no clue about. The first one has something to do with poetry and the second one with chemistry, bit the common theme is “layering rows“. Kind of like stairs :).

In German, steigen and its relatives are the only members I could find.

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