1.
to think up, to conceive
(Basically a very fancy alternative for "ausdenken", with "er-" having its original sense of emerging. "etwas erdenken" is super rare, and definitely not a word for everyday life. Most common use is in the phrase "alles Erdenkliche".)
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Root: *tong-

The core idea of this root was:

thinking, feeling

So basically, it was about what is going on inside you.
It’s the origin of to think and to thank, which originally probably meant something like “thinking of someone with gratitude”.

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