1.
to turn (around)
(The two main uses are cars and a figurative "Blatt" (leaf). And for turning yourself in a direction. That's "sich+Acc wenden" and the past forms for that are "wandte" and "gewandt")
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to turn to a person, to refer to
("sich wenden an+Acc" - in the sense of talking to someone, often to ask a question. Sounds a bit formal. The past forms are "wandte" and "gewandt", though you may also see the other ones in daily life.)
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Word of the Day - "wenden"

We'll take a thorough look at "wenden" and its family and what turning, using, learning by heart, relatives and walls have to do with one another. #vocabAF

Vocab:

wenden, die Wand, verwenden, anwenden, auswendig, verwandt


How to "turn" in German

Vocab:

drehen, umdrehen, rausdrehen, reindrehen, andrehen, aufdrehen, zudrehen, abbiegen, umkehren


How to turn in German - The Quiz

Word Family

Root: *wendh-

The core idea of this root was

winding, weaving

It’s the origin of to wind, to wend and to wander as well as the noun wand.
In English, that word focused its meaning on a bent stick. In German, it’s focused on what you get when you weave many long sticks together  – a wall (die Wand) :).

The word wind (as in the air) is not part of this family.

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