Prefixes: – In this section we will read about Prefixes in English and what are the examples of this in English, we will read in detail about all these.
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These are found in the English language modify words. They have transformative qualities that can shape a word in many different ways. Some of these even have the power to completely subvert the meaning of the root word.
What is a Prefix?
A prefix consists of one or more letters placed at the beginning of a stem word. Prefix provide an easy way to create new words.
Adding prefix to words recognized by the literate public makes the spelling and meanings of new words easier to understand.
Once you understand common prefix you can logically and consistently use them to create a variety of new words.
Examples with Meanings
Definition of Prefix:
In English, a prefix is a letter/a group of letters attached to the beginning of a word to form a new word. In simple words, a prefix is a few letters put at the beginning of a word to change its meaning.
A prefix is a type of affix which is attached to the start of the root word. There are many different prefixes that are extremely common within the English language.
Examples of Prefix:
Many different prefixes exist to negate completely or in part the base word. These prefixes along with some example words appear below.
No.-1. anti (anti-establishment, antidote, anticlimatic)
No.-2. contra (contraindicated, contradict)
No.-3. a or an (amoral, atheist, anemic)
No.-4. non (noncorporeal, nondescript, nonfiction)
No.-5. ir/il/in (irregular, illegal, infertile)
No.-6. un (unkept, unkempt, unamerican)
Several prefixes can be found through the English Language. Each prefix has its own meaning. Below are commonly used prefixes and example words.
No.-1. ex (ex, extend, exhale)
No.-2. extra (extracurricular, extra-fine,extramarital)
No.-3. homo (Homosapien, homogenous, homosexual)
No.-4. hetero (heterogenous, heterosexual, heterodoxy)
No.-5. mis (misdirect, misassociate, misunderstood)
No.-6. mid (midsummer, midnight, midway)
No.-7. micro (microcosm, microphone, microaggression)
No.-8. pre (preamble, prerequisite, prescreen)
No.-9. un (unicycle, universal, unilateral, unanimous)
No.-10. tri (triangle, tripod, tricycle)
No.-11.super (superfood, superstar, supernatural, superimpose)
Prefix Meanings: ex; out, extra; beyond, homo; same, hetero; different, mis; incorrect, mid; middle, mico; small, and pre; before.
Why Learn Prefixes:-
Learning prefixes and their meanings help students break down vocabulary words into smaller parts. By doing this, words become easier to digest and their meanings become clearer. Also, learning prefixes helps make learning new words easier.
List of Prefixes:-
Examples: Antenatal, anteroom, antedate
Meaning: Against, opposing
Examples: Antibiotic, antidepressant, antidote, antisocial
Examples: Circumstance, circumvent, circumnavigate
Examples: Co-worker, co-pilot, co-operation
Meaning: Off, down, away from
Examples: Devalue, defrost, derail, demotivate
Meaning: Opposite of, not
Prefix examples: Disagree, disappear, disintegrate, disapprove
No.-7. em-, en-
Meaning: Cause to, put into
Examples: Embrace, encode, embed, enclose, engulf
Meaning: Upon, close to, after
Examples: Epicentre, episcope, epidermis
Meaning: Former, out of
Examples: Ex-president, ex-boyfriend, exterminate
What are prefixes
Meaning: Beyond, more than
Prefix examples: Extracurricular, extraordinary, extra-terrestrial
Examples: Forecast, forehead, foresee, foreword, foremost
Examples: Homosexual, homonuclear, homoplastic
Meaning: Over, above
Examples: Hyperactive, hyperventilate
No.-14. il-, im-, in-, ir-
Prefix examples: Impossible, illegal, irresponsible, indefinite
Examples: Insert, import, inside
Words with prefixes:-
Meaning: Beneath, below
Prefix examples: Infrastructure, infrared, infrasonic, infraspecific
No.-17. inter-, intra-
Examples: Interact, intermediate, intergalactic, intranet, interstellar
Examples: Macroeconomics, macromolecule
Prefixes for chemistry:-
Prefix examples: Microscope, microbiology, microfilm, microwave
Examples: Midfielder, midway, midsummer
No.-21. Prefix mis-
Examples: Misinterpret, misfire, mistake, misunderstand
Meaning: One, singular
Examples: Monotone, monobrow, monolithic
Meaning: Not, without
Examples: Nonsense, nonentity, nondescript
Meaning: All, every
Examples: Omnibus, omnivore, omnipotent
Examples: Parachute, paramedic, paradox
Examples: Post-mortem, postpone, post-natal
Prefixes and suffixes
Examples: Prefix, predetermine, pre-intermediate
Examples: Proceed, prowar, promote, propose, progress
Examples: Return, rediscover, reiterate, reunite
Examples of prefixes:-
Prefix examples: Semicircle, semi-final, semiconscious
Examples: Submerge, submarine, sub-category, subtitle
Meaning: Above, over
Examples: Superfood, superstar, supernatural, superimpose
Examples: Thermometer, thermostat, thermodynamic
Meaning: Across, beyond
Examples: Transport, transnational, transatlantic
Examples: Triangle, tripod, tricycle
Examples: Unfinished, unfriendly, undone, unknown
Examples: Unicycle, universal, unilateral, unanimous