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What role is played by the “s'en” in s'envoler?

"Voler" means "to fly." And "en" means "in," while the s' is the reflexive. Yet, "s'envoler" means to fly away, which is different from what I would expect, reading the above. (And google translate ...
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Difference between “couvrir” and “recouvrir”

They are both derived from ouvrir. What I mean to say is that the conjugation is the same except there is a “c-” or “rec-” before the word. Both of them return cover (verb – to cover) on Google ...
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When is it okay to add “re” before a verb?

Revenir, repleuvoir, redevoir… along with many others, these are verbs which I've come across that simply mean the same as the root verb + “again.” But then you have words like “resavoir” and “se ...