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    прекращать - прекратить = to stop

    Where these verbs come from? Firstly I thought they could come from короткий, "to make shorter", but I see in every place as their meaning "to stop, to interrumpt". In no case a relation with "short"; perhaps they come from край, "to put a limit"? Thank you.

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    Re: прекращать - прекратить = to stop

    I don't think so. Краткий is a better explanation. Imagine there is a process which was started and is going on. With some time it will be over by itself so it has a natural duration. But someone artificially made it shorter: stopped.

    Also prefix пре- (пере-) has a meaning "over" in the sense of cross over. We have "прекратить" = "to shorten it over" which has some sense. No?

    But going more deeply краткий and край indeed may have a common origin.
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    Re: прекращать - прекратить = to stop

    Quote Originally Posted by Этимологический словарь Фасмера
    Слово: прекратить,

    Ближайшая этимология: первонач. знач.: "сократить". Заимств. из цслав.; ср. пере- и короткий.
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    Re: прекращать - прекратить = to stop

    Very very interesting !! Thank you. I will keep your answer.

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