Word Origin & History
German word used to command attention, from Ger., from acht (n.) "attention, care, heed, consideration," achten (v.) "pay attention to, regard, esteem, respect," from O.H.G. ahton "pay attention to," a general Gmc. word akin to O.E. eahtian "to estimate, esteem, consider, praise," but with no living
descendants in English.