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Tip #193 - Using Prefixes to Expand Your Vocabulary

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Using Prefixes to Expand your Vocabulary: What is a prefix?


You must understand what a root word is in order to understand what a prefix is. A root word is a word you can change into a new word by adding a beginning and/or an ending. A prefix is a beginning that is added to a root word. For example, take the root word “purpose.” By adding the prefix “multi” to “purpose,” the new word “multipurpose” is formed.


Every prefix has its own meaning. When added to a root word, a prefix changes the meaning of the root word to which it is added. The root word “purpose” means “an aim or a goal one wishes to achieve.” The prefix “multi” means “many.” The new word “multipurpose” means “designed or used for many purposes.”
Learning to identify prefixes and knowing their meanings are great ways to expand your vocabulary. An expanded vocabulary will increase your listening and speaking comprehension. It will also help you communicate more effectively when writing or taking tests.

Some Common Prefixes
Here are some common prefixes. The meaning of each prefix is shown, as well as words that can be formed by adding the prefix to root words. Using these prefixes and others will expand your vocabulary.

Prefix

 

Meaning of Prefix

 

Words Formed Using the Prefix

re
hyper
un
tri
pre
mis
sub

 

again
over
not
three
before
wrong
below

 

replay, resend, replace
hyperactive, hypersensitive, hyperventilate
un
clear, unsure, undecided
triangle, tricycle, triweekly
prepay, prepackage, predate
misconduct, misspell, misunderstand
subway, substandard, submarine

Some More Prefixes
Here are some more prefixes and their meanings. You can add these prefixes to many root words to form new words and expand your vocabulary.

Prefix
ante
bi
equi
hypo
neo
poly
semi

Meaning
before
two
equal
under
new
many
half

Prefix
auto
circum
im
inter
omni
retro
trans

Meaning
self
around
not
between
all
backward
across

To build your vocabulary using prefixes, do the following:

  1. When you see a prefix whose meaning you do not know, look up its meaning in a dictionary.
  2. Write the prefix and its meaning where you can refer to it easily and often.
  3. Review the meaning of these prefixes from time to time.
  4. Form words by adding these prefixes to root words.
  5. Use these words when you speak and write.

Watch your vocabulary grow!

 
     
 
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