English Prefixes, Definition and Examples;
Prefixes are used to change the meaning of a word. A syllable word or group of syllables added to the beginning of a word. Prefixes help to add meaning to words and make it possible to create new words that are easily understood everywhere. Understanding a few prefix examples will help you understand the logic of new words and use them appropriately.
For example, consider the prefix de-. This prefix means getting something back. It is usually added to a verb. You can then activate the verb. Likewise, you can parse, add to other verbs.
Some prefixes translate the original meaning of the new word into its opposite meaning.
Examples: contradict, contraindicated, contrarian
Examples: deactivate, degrade, de-icer
Examples: disagree, disapprove, disconnect
Examples: illegal, impermeable, injustice, irreversible
Examples: nonexistent, nonfiction, non-negotiable,
Examples: unkind, unresponsive, unruly
- In addition, some prefixes add new meanings to the word. Repeat, negative, positive, etc. It is always important to know the basic meaning of the sentence. With the prefix to the word, the sentence gains meaning.
Other Common Prefixes
There are many prefixes that don’t negate the original meaning of the root word, but rather alter it in unique ways, such as expressing relationships of place, time or manner.
Examples: antebellum, antediluvian
Examples: circumnavigate, circumscribe, circumvent
Examples: coexist, commiserate, contact
Examples: encase, endow, envelope
Examples: exhale, extend, exoskeleton
Examples: extracurricular, extraterrestrial, extravert
Examples: hyperactive, hyperspace, hypertension,
Examples: interactive, intersect, interstate
Examples: megaphone, megaton
Examples: microcosm, microphone, microscope
Examples: midnight, midseason, midterm
Examples: misappropriate, misunderstand, misuse
Examples: monogamous, monotone
Examples: overcook, overdone, overwrought
Examples: postdate, postscript, post-war
Examples: prefix, preliminary, preschool
Examples: reconsider, re-evaluate,
rewrite / semi
Examples: semiconductor, semester,
Examples: subjugate, submarine,