American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Again; anew: rebuild.
- Backward; back: react.
- Used as an intensive: refine.
GNU Webster's 1913
- A prefix signifying
back, against, again, anew. Combinations containing the prefix re-are readily formed, and are for the most part of obvious signification.
- From Old French re- in some cases, directly from Latin re- in others. Displaced native English ed-, eft-, gain-, with-/wither-. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin; see re- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This is a difficult reality, and we are working closely with our employees and partners to identify long-term re- employment programs for the talented people of Nokia, he added.”
“Rehn said that while debt restructuring is "off the table" because of the domino effect on European markets, alternatives such as a Vienna-style fix and so-called re- profiling were being considered.”
“So a hat tip to these fourteen, the first I've seen of these (dare, I say) patriots -- or "Lincoln Legislators," as Lakoff elects to (re-)fashion them.”
“We strongly believe that working artists in this country represent an underutilized and underdeveloped re- source in increasing the quality and vitality of arts education in our public schools.”
“After Ahmadinejad's re- election, Iran was rocked by the biggest protests seen in the country since the 1979 Islamic Revolution as the opposition alleged his victory was rigged.”
“The goatskins leaked, but to re- inflate a sagging portion of the vessel, he merely blew down the upright legs.”
“Unless Greece's political elite realizes the seriousness of what's happening and acts now to re- establish the rule of democratic law, their efforts to deal with Greece's economic problems will have been in vain.”
“Biochemists do much the same in their field, as they isolate genes and proteins and build new tools for re- engineering them.”
“This is a simple but persuasive argument for restoring planned cuts to VOA and re- engaging in the information war.”
“We re- create, or cause to be again, renew reknow ourselves, revive, or renovate.”
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