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Here is a sentence taken from the Linguee dictionary:

Die software richtet sich an eine bestimmte Gruppe von Benutzern.

And it gives the following translation:

The software is aimed at a particular group of users.

Couldn't find such a reflexive use-case of "richten" on Dict.cc. It only gives "prepare oneself/get ready". Is this Linguee example even correct?

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  • "an etwas sich richten" is not the same as "sich an etwas richten" Aug 26, 2023 at 19:48
  • I don't know what search terms you used, but sich richten an (without quotes, order irrelevant) would have worked.
    – David Vogt
    Aug 27, 2023 at 8:33

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Yes, that's correct and usual German. The basic form is 'jemand/etwas richtet sich an jemanden'

See dwds: https://www.dwds.de/r/?corpus=kern&q=richten%20an (though I didn't find it directly when looking up 'richten' either

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  • It's listed in English Wiktionary; in fact several reflexive meanings are listed but #4 seems to be the one intended here. I'm not sure that a separate definition is actually necessary though since adding a reflexive pronoun seems to be a common way of making the verb passive: "Die Tür öffnet sich." You wouldn't say "The door opens itself" in English unless there are robotics involved; even then "The door opens automatically" would be better.
    – RDBury
    Aug 25, 2023 at 11:37

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