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Prefixes

a-

prefix

without or not: used with some adjectives and adverbs

aero-

prefix

planes or the air: used with some adjectives and nouns

Afro-

prefix

African: used with some adjectives and nouns

after-

prefix

happening after something: used with some nouns

all-

prefix

only: used with many adjectives and nouns to show that something includes only the type of thing or person mentioned

all-

prefix

whole: used with many nouns to show that something includes the whole of something, or all the people or things of that type

all-

prefix

including everything: used with some adjectives and participles to show that something includes everything, or to add emphasis

Anglo-

prefix

involving or related to England or the UK

ante-

prefix

before: used with some nouns, adjectives, and verbs

anti-

prefix

opposed to someone or something: used with many nouns and adjectives

anti-

prefix

with the opposite qualities or effects: used with some nouns and adjectives

anti-

prefix

preventing or curing something: used with some nouns and adjectives

arch-

prefix

main: used with some nouns

astro-

prefix

relating to the planets and stars or space: used with some nouns, adjectives, and adverbs

auto-

prefix

relating to yourself: used with some nouns and adjectives

auto-

prefix

working alone without any person being involved: used with some nouns, verbs, and adjectives

bi-

prefix

two or twice: used with many nouns, adjectives, and adverbs

bio-

prefix

relating to living things or someone’s life: used with some nouns and adjectives

cardio-

prefix

relating to the heart: used with some adjectives and nouns

co-

prefix

together: used with some nouns, verbs, and adjectives

co-

prefix

sharing a job or responsibility: used with some nouns, verbs, and adjectives

con-

prefix

together with other people, groups, or things: used with some nouns, verbs, and adjectives

counter-

prefix

opposing: used with some nouns, adjectives, and verbs

cross-

prefix

across: used with some nouns and adjectives

cross-

prefix

combining or involving different things: used with some nouns, verbs, and adjectives

crypto-

prefix

hidden or secret: used with some nouns and adjectives

cyber-

prefix

relating to computers and the Internet: used with some adjectives and nouns

de-

prefix

used with many verbs, nouns, and adjectives for giving a word the opposite meaning

demi-

prefix

half, or small: used with some nouns

demi-

prefix

partly, or slightly: used with some nouns

di-

prefix

two or twice: used with some adjectives and nouns

dis-

prefix

used with some nouns, verbs, and adjectives for giving a word the opposite meaning

down-

prefix

lower in position, amount, quality, or importance: used with some nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs

e-

prefix

on or using the Internet: used with some nouns for making new words

eco-

prefix

relating to the environment: used with some nouns and adjectives

Euro-

prefix

relating to Europe: used to make adjectives and nouns

ever-

prefix

always or continuously: used with many adjectives and ‘-ing’ verb forms

ex-

prefix

used with nouns that describe someone’s job, rank, or relationship to someone, for showing that they no longer have that job, rank, or relationship

exa-

prefix

1018, used in some measurements

extra-

prefix

outside or beyond something: used with some adjectives

femto-

prefix

10-15: used with some nouns

Franco-

prefix

with or against France: used with some adjectives and nouns

fresh-

prefix

new, or recent: used with past participles

geo-

prefix

earth: used to make adjectives and nouns

giga-

prefix

a billion (230): used with some nouns

giga-

prefix

a thousand million (109): used with some nouns

Graeco-

prefix

Greek, or ancient Greek: used with some adjectives and nouns

great-

prefix

used with nouns describing older relatives to make other nouns meaning the grandfather, grandmother etc of your parent

great-

prefix

used with nouns describing younger relatives to make other nouns meaning the child of your grandson, granddaughter etc

Greco-

another spelling of Graeco-

haemo-

prefix

relating to blood: used with some nouns and adjectives

hemo-

prefix

the American spelling of haemo-

hyper-

prefix

more than usual or normal: used with some adjectives and nouns to make adjectives and nouns

il-

prefix

not or no: used with some adjectives and nouns that begin with ‘l’ to give the opposite meaning

ill-

prefix

badly: used with many past participles

ill-

prefix

bad or unpleasant: used with some nouns

im-

prefix

not or no: used with some adjectives and nouns that begin with ‘b’, ‘m’, and ‘p’ to give the opposite meaning

in-

prefix

not or no: used with some adjectives and nouns

Indo-

prefix

Indian: used with some adjectives and nouns

inter-

prefix

between: used with some nouns, verbs, or adjectives

intra-

prefix

within something: used with some adjectives and nouns

intra-

prefix

into: used with some adjectives

ir-

prefix

not, or no: used with some adjectives and nouns that begin with ‘r’ to give the opposite meaning

kilo-

prefix

1000 units: used with some nouns

m-

prefix

used with nouns to make other nouns that refer to activities that can take place anywhere, using mobile technology. m- is short for mobile.

macro-

prefix

large, or considered in a general way: used with some nouns and adjectives

mal-

prefix

bad, or badly: used with some nouns, adjectives, and verbs

mega-

prefix

one million: used with some units of measurement

mega-

prefix

very large or important: used with some nouns

meta-

prefix

outside what is real or usual: used with some adjectives and nouns

meta-

prefix

relating to change: used with some adjectives, verbs, and nouns

micro-

prefix

extremely small: used with some nouns and adjectives

micro-

prefix

one of a million equal parts of something: used with some nouns

mid-

prefix

the middle of a period of time: used with many nouns

milli-

prefix

one of a thousand equal parts of something: used with many nouns

mis-

prefix

bad, or badly: used with some nouns and verbs

mis-

prefix

wrong, or wrongly: used with some nouns and verbs

mock-

prefix

not real or true: used with some adjectives

mock-

prefix

copying a particular style: used with some adjectives

mono-

prefix

single, or one: used to make adjectives and nouns

much-

prefix

a lot: used with the past participles of many verbs for emphasis

multi-

prefix

many, or several: used with some adjectives and nouns

must-

prefix

used with verbs to make adjectives that describe something that you must do

nano-

prefix

one of a thousand million equal parts: used with some nouns

nano-

prefix

involving the use of nanotechnology: used with some nouns

near-

prefix

almost: used with many nouns and adjectives

neo-

prefix

modern, or new: used with many nouns and adjectives to make nouns and adjectives describing things that exist in the present in a slightly different form from the way that they existed in the past

non-

prefix

not: used with nouns and adjectives

non-

prefix

failure to do something: used with nouns

non-

prefix

not good or exciting: used with nouns

nu-

prefix

modern, or new: used especially with styles of music to show that they exist in a different form from the past

oft-

prefix

often: used with the past participle of many verbs

omni-

prefix

everywhere, or everything: used with some adjectives

out-

prefix

bigger, better, longer etc: used with many verbs

out-

prefix

outside, or away from: used with many nouns and adjectives

out-

prefix

used for forming nouns and adjectives from verbs that are followed by ‘out’

over-

prefix

too much: used with many verbs, nouns, or adjectives

over-

prefix

more than: used with some nouns

over-

prefix

on, or above: used with some nouns

over-

prefix

on top of: used with some nouns

pan-

prefix

all: used with some adjectives and nouns

para-

prefix

beyond: used with some nouns and adjectives

para-

prefix

giving help to professional people: used with some nouns and adjectives

para-

prefix

similar to: used with some nouns and adjectives

para-

prefix

involving the use of a parachute: used with some nouns

part-

prefix

to some degree, but not completely: used with some nouns and adjectives

peta-

prefix

1015, used in some measurements

photo-

prefix

relating to photographs: used with some nouns and adjectives

photo-

prefix

relating to light: used with some nouns and adjectives

poly-

prefix

more than one: used with some adjectives or nouns

post-

prefix

after, or later than: used with many nouns, verbs, or adjectives

pre-

prefix

before: used with many nouns, verbs, or adjectives

pseudo-

prefix

not real, but pretending to be real: used with many nouns and adjectives

psycho-

prefix

connected with your mind: used with some nouns and adjectives

quasi-

prefix

partly: used with many adjectives and nouns

quasi-

prefix

pretending to be: used with many adjectives and nouns

re-

prefix

again: used with many verbs, nouns, or adjectives

re-

prefix

again in a different way: used with many verbs, nouns, or adjectives

re-

prefix

back to the way that something was before: used with many verbs and nouns

ready-

prefix

already: used with some past participles

rent-a-

prefix

used with some nouns to refer to someone who is willing to become involved in anything, especially in exchange for money

retro-

prefix

back, or backwards: used for making some nouns, verbs, and adjectives

self-

prefix

relating to yourself or itself: used with many nouns and adjectives

semi-

prefix

exactly half: used with some nouns

semi-

prefix

partly but not completely: used with some adjectives and nouns

she-

prefix

female: used with some nouns

Sino-

prefix

China, or Chinese: used for making some nouns and adjectives

Sino-

prefix

with China: used with some adjectives and nouns

socio-

prefix

relating to society and social matters: used with some adjectives and nouns

step-

prefix

related to someone through a second or later marriage: used with nouns showing a family relationship

sub-

prefix

one small part of a larger thing: used with some nouns

sub-

prefix

smaller or less important than someone or something: used with some nouns

sub-

prefix

below or under something: used with some nouns and adjectives

sub-

prefix

further south: used with some nouns and adjectives

super-

prefix

more, better, or bigger than usual: used with many nouns, adjectives, and verbs

tele-

prefix

involving the telephone or television: used with some nouns and adjectives

tera-

prefix

one trillion: used with some units of measurement

trans-

prefix

across: used with some adjectives relating to place names to make adjectives meaning from one side of that place to the other

trans-

prefix

changing: used for making nouns, adjectives, or verbs

trans-

prefix

between: used for making nouns, adjectives, or verbs

tri-

prefix

three: used with some adjectives and nouns

uber-

prefix

very: used with adjectives

uber-

prefix

total, or complete: used with nouns

ultra-

prefix

extremely: used with many adjectives

ultra-

prefix

outside a particular range: used with some nouns and adjectives

un-

prefix

used with many adjectives, adverbs, and verbs to give the opposite meaning

under-

prefix

below: used with many nouns

under-

prefix

less powerful or important: used with some nouns

uni-

prefix

single: used with some adjectives and nouns

up-

prefix

in or going towards a position that is higher or further north: used with some adjectives, nouns, and adverbs

up-

prefix

happier, or more exciting: used with some adjectives, nouns, and verbs

up-

prefix

moved or changed completely: used with some adjectives, nouns, and verbs

vice-

prefix

used with the name of a senior job title for referring to the person holding a job immediately below that one

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a method of financial trading in which share prices are hidden and not openly available to the public

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