ansteigen

Meanings

1.
to have an incline
(For streets or terrain for instance. NOT for something that stands at an incline. The core idea here is "sloping upward".)
Opposite (closest): abfallen
2.
to increase, to rise
(It has a more gradual vibe than just "steigen" and isn't used that much in this sense. One context would be rising sea level over multiple years or prices rising due to inflation. )
Opposite (closest): abfallen

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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.

Vocab:

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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