to stretch
(If you stretch yourself, you need to use a self reference in German "sich+Acc strecken". In a context of sports, "sich dehnen" is the more common term)
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to unbend
(For arms and legs.)
Opposite: beugen
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to dilute
(For substances only, including drugs. The core theme is that you make it "last longer" because it's "more". So the focus is not primarily on making it "thinner".)
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Word of the Day - "strecken"


strecken, die Strecke, ausstrecken, erstrecken, vorstrecken, vollstrecken, dehnen, die Dehnung

Word Family

Root: *(s)ter-

The core idea of this root was:

stiff, rigid

Pretty simple, but it evolved into quite a few different directions.

Here’s an (incomplete) list of English family members:

  • stark – (“strong, rigid”, shifted toward serious)
  • starch – (“makes mush thick, stiff”)
  • stern – (“rigid”)
  • to start – (“jumping up quickly, stiff muscles”)
  • to startle – (Same as “start” but shifted toward the cause)
  • to stare – (“stiff gaze”, same as German “starren”)
  • starve – (“stiff corpse”, same as German “sterben” – to die)
  • torpedo – (“make numb”, from a Latin name for an electric ray fish that numbs you. Military name first used for sea mines, because they “sting” your ship)
  • stereo – (Greek word for “solid”, they used it among other things for “solid 3D perception, I suppose)

The root is also the origin of the Slavic word star-, which means old.


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