Meanings

1.
to avert
(Very similar to "verhindern" and "aufhalten". Definitely less common, and not a good fit for "planned" things. )
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2.
to turn away
("sich+Acc abwenden" - either physically or in a metaphorical sense of turning your back on someone. )
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Opposite: zuwenden
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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


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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