from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A prefix or particle preceding the root or stem of a verb, as for- in forget.

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  • n. A class of words in the Chinese language whose function is analogous to the cases, prepositions, and postpositions of other languages.
  • n. A verbal prefix in the Algonquin languages whose function is analogous to the adjective of other languages.


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  • an element that comes before the root of a verb and forms a lexical unit with it.

    July 14, 2009