Definitions

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  • n. A prefix in an English word derived from Greek or Latin.
  • n. Alternative form of root. It is the primary lexical unit of a word, which carries the most significant aspects of semantic content and cannot be reduced into smaller constituents. Inflectional stems often derive from roots.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed

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Examples

  • The words “prize,” “praise,” “price,” “appreciate,” and “depreciate” are all related—they come from the same Latin root word pretium, meaning “value.”

    THE STORY OF STUFF

  • It’s a basic root word in Nostramic, the protolanguage that underlies what we speak today.

    Deeper

  • “The root word for ‘befuddled’ is fudd,“ goes facetious ad copy on the Warner Brothers Web site, “and the prefix for fudd is Elmer.”

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

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