English- A to Z Prefixes with their Meaning


Hello!. 

I was memorizing some Prefixes and thought to type them for you too. Its a greater good I think as this will remain here for ready reference for anyone searching it, forever.

So What is a Prefix? 

It is a root word from which many words are born. If we can memorize or make ourselves familiar with the root word , we can have a fair idea about the meaning of the word, even if, we don’t know exactly what it actually means. For example, there is a word which have ‘ambi’ , like in the word ‘ambiguous‘. We don’t know the meaning of word ambiguous but we do know that ambi means ‘both’ so this word is denoting something which has both in it. 

I think its quite helpful to get yourself acquainted with Prefixes as they help you understanding the basics and also provide you ease to get better at English Vocabulary. 

I have written by hand all this , So I hope you wont leave until you are learning one or two prefixes at least to appreciate my devotion towards you!

 

Prefix

Meaning

Example

ANTE

Before

Antecedent

ANT

Before

Antediluvian

 

 

Antebellum

 

 

Antiquity

 

 

Anticipate

ARCH

Chief First

Archangel

 

 

Archbishop

 

 

Archdeacon

 

 

Archdiocese

AMBI

Both

Amphibian

AMPHI

Both

Ambivalent

 

 

Ambiguous

 

 

Amphibious

 

 

Ambidextrous

AM

Love

Amicable

AMI

Love

Amity

 

 

Amiable

 

 

Amorous

 

 

Amiability

ANA

Up, Back, Again

Anabasis

 

 

Anabatic

 

 

Anabiosis

 

 

Ana chronic

 

 

Anatropous

ANT

Against, Opposite

Antidote

ANTI

Against, Opposite

Antipathy

 

 

Antagonist

 

 

Antithesis

 

 

Antacid

A, AN

Lacking, Without

Asymptomatic

 

 

Anaerobic

 

 

Amoral

 

 

Apathetic

 

 

Amorphous

APO

From , Away

Apology

 

 

Apostate

 

 

Apo-Cryphal

 

 

Apo-gee

 

 

Apothecary

ANN

Year

Annual

ENN

Year

Biennial

 

 

Perennial

 

 

Annuity

 

 

Superannuated

A,AB,ABS

From , Off, Away

Abnormal

 

 

Abdicate

 

 

Abhor

 

 

Abjure

 

 

Abnegate

AC,ACR

Sharp , Sour

Acerbic

 

 

Acute

 

 

Acuity

 

 

Acumen

 

 

Acrid

AC,AD,AF,AG,

AL,AN,AP,AR,AS,AT

To , Towards

Accede

 

 

Accrue

 

 

Advocate

 

 

Advent

 

 

Affiliate

 

 

Aggression

 

 

Allude

 

 

Annul

 

 

Apparent

 

 

Arrogate

 

 

Assent

 

 

Attribute

A

To, Towards

Aside

 

 

Ashore

Auto

Self

Autograph

 

 

Autocrat

 

 

Autonomous

 

 

Autobiography

BEN

Good

 

BENE

Well

Benediction

 

 

Beneficiary

 

 

Benevolent

 

 

Benefactor

 

 

Benign

BI

Two

Bisect

 

 

Bilateral

 

 

Bilingual

 

 

Biped

BE

Thoroughly, Over

Bedaub

 

 

Befuddle

 

 

Beguile

 

 

Beddable

 

 

Bedazzle

CIRCUM

Around

Circum-navigate

 

 

Circumvent

 

 

Circumference

 

 

Circum-location

 

 

Circumcise

CONTRA

Against

Contraband

CONTRO

Against

Contravene

COUNTER

Against

Counter-mend

 

 

Counter-Clockwise

 

 

Controversy

COM

With, Together

Compatriot

CO

With, Together

Compunction

 

 

Co-exist

 

 

Coerce

 

 

Compendium

CATA

Down

Cataplexy

 

 

Catapult

 

 

Cataract

 

 

Catastrophe

 

 

Catamite

CON

Together, With

Collide

COL

Together, With

Colloquy

COR

Together, With

Concatenation

 

 

Contiguous

 

 

Corrode

DEMI

Half, Partly

Demigod

 

 

Demi-Pension

 

 

Demirep

 

 

Demi-Bastion

 

 

Demi-monde

DE

Down, Away

Detract

 

 

Decant

 

 

Debase

 

 

Decadence

 

 

Demolish

DI

Two

Dichotomy

 

 

Dichromatic

 

 

Dilemma

 

 

Diatomic

 

 

Dichotomous

DIF

Not, Away From

Differ

DIS

Not, Away From

Discord

 

 

Dislike

 

 

Diffident

 

 

Diffuse

DIA

Cross, Thoroughly

Diagonal

 

 

Diathermy

 

 

Diameter

 

 

Diagnosis

 

 

Diagram

DYS

Bad, Poor

Dyslexia

 

 

Dysphasia

 

 

Dysphasia

EX, EC, Extro

Out, Out Of

Expatriate

 

 

Exegesis

 

 

Eccentric

 

 

Exodus

 

 

Ecstasy

EQUI

EQUAL

Equivalent

 

 

Equidistant

 

 

Equilateral

 

 

Equilibrate

 

 

Equinox

EXTRA

Outside

Extracurricular

EXTRO

Beyod

Extraterritorial

 

 

Extraterrestrial

 

 

Extrados

 

 

Extrovert

EN, EM

In, Inside

Engulf

 

 

Entrust

 

 

Embed

 

 

Embracement

 

 

Embroilment

EPI

Upon, Above

Epidermis

 

 

Epitaph

 

 

Epitome

 

 

Epilogue

 

 

Epithet

EU

Good, Pleasant

Eugenics

 

 

Eulogium

 

 

Euphony

 

 

Euphoria

 

 

Euphuism

HOMO

Same, Alike

Homologous

 

 

Homosexual

 

 

Homophonic

 

 

Homonym

 

 

Homogenized

HETERO

Different

Heterogeneous

 

 

Heterodox

 

 

Heterosexual

 

 

Heteronym

 

 

Heterodoxy

HYP

Under, Too little

Hypotension

 

 

Hypothermia

 

 

Hypothesis

 

 

Hypocrite

 

 

Hypochondriac

HYPER

Over, Too much

Hypertension

 

 

Hyperactive

 

 

Hyperbolic

 

 

Hypertensive

 

 

Hypercritical

IL, IM

Not

Illogical

 

 

Immaterial

 

 

Immodest

 

 

Immoral

 

 

Ill-bred

INTER

Between, Among

Interactive

 

 

Interblend

 

 

Interbreed

 

 

Interrelated

 

 

Interplanetary

INTRA,

Within, inside

Intrastate

INTRO

Within, Inside

Intramural

 

 

Intravenous

 

 

Introvert

 

 

Introspect

IG, IN, IR

Not

Innocent

 

 

Ignorant

 

 

Irresponsible

 

 

Innocuous

 

 

Irreparable

IL, IM

In, On, Into

Illuminate

 

 

Illustrate

 

 

Impose

 

 

Impeach

 

 

Impinge

IN, IR

In , Into

Infusion

 

 

Ingress

 

 

Inquest

 

 

Irrigate

 

 

Irritate

MICRO

Small

Microcosm

 

 

Microscope

 

 

Microbe

 

 

Micro switch

 

 

Microphotograph

MACRO

Large

Macrobiotic

 

 

Macrocosm

 

 

Macroeconomics

 

 

Macroscopic

MEGA

Great, Million

Megalomania

 

 

Megabuck

 

 

Megaton

 

 

Mega death

META

Denoting, Chage

Metamorphosis

 

 

Metabolism

 

 

Metagenesis

 

 

Metachronism

 

 

Metabolite

MIS

Bad, wrong

Misunderstand

 

 

Mischance

 

 

Misconstrue

 

 

Misdemeanor

 

 

Misnomer

MIS

Hatred

Misanthrope

MISO

Hatred

Misogamy

 

 

Misogyny

 

 

Misogamist

MONO

One

Monotheism

 

 

Monomania

 

 

Monolingual

 

 

Monologue

 

 

Monophony

MULTI

Many

Multitudinous

 

 

Multifarious

 

 

Multilateral

 

 

Multifaceted

 

 

Multiplicand

MAL

Bad, Poor

Maladjustment

MALE

Bad, Poor

Malfunction

 

 

Malfeasance

 

 

Malediction

 

 

Maleficent

NEO

New, Current

Neophyte

 

 

Neologism

 

 

Neoteny

 

 

Neoteric

 

 

Neolithic

NON

Not

Nonentity

 

 

Noncommittal

 

 

Non-Compliance

 

 

Non-Catholic

 

 

Non-Belligerent

FORE

Beforehand, in front of, preceding

Foretell

 

 

Forebode

 

 

Forewarn

 

 

Foreordain

 

 

Forecast

 

 

Forecastle

 

 

Forecourt

 

 

Foreground

 

 

Forefoot

 

 

Forefinger

 

 

Forename

GEO

Earth

Geopolitics

 

 

Geography

 

 

Geotropic

 

 

Geothermal

 

 

Geomorphology

OB, OC, OF, OP

Against

Obtrude

 

 

Obloquy

 

 

Oppose

 

 

Offend

 

 

Occlude

OMNI

All, Of All Things

Omicompetent

 

 

Omnifarious

 

 

Omnipresent

 

 

Omnipotent

 

 

Omnivorous

OLIG

A Few, Slight

Oligarchy

OLIGO

A few, Slight

Oligocene

 

 

Oligopoly

 

 

Oligarch

PAN

All

Panacea

 

 

Panorama

 

 

Panoply

 

 

Panchromatic

 

 

Pantheism

PERI

Around, Near

Perimeter

 

 

Periscope

 

 

Periphery

 

 

Periphrasis

 

 

Per glacial

POLY

Many

Polygamy

 

 

Polygene

 

 

Polydactyl

 

 

Polygon

 

 

Polymath

PRE

Before, Earlier Than

Prefix

 

 

Preamble

 

 

Premonition

 

 

Precognition

 

 

Prejudice

POST

After

Posthumous

 

 

Posterity

 

 

Post-millennialism

 

 

Postliminy

 

 

Postprandial

PRO

In favour of, Forward, In front of

Proponent

 

 

Proclivity

 

 

Propensity

 

 

Propitiousness

 

 

Prologue

 

 

Prognosis

 

 

Proscenium

 

 

Prodrome

 

 

Prodromal

PER

For Each, For Every

Per Child

 

 

Per cent

 

 

Per annum

 

 

Per capita

 

 

Per diem

PER

By means of

Per car

 

 

Per rail

 

 

Per post

PER

Through

Perforate

 

 

Pervade

 

 

Permeate

 

 

Permeable

 

 

Pervasive

PER

Very , Completely

Perturb

 

 

Perfective

 

 

Perfervid

 

 

Per fervidness

 

 

Perfectionism

PER

To the bad

Perdition

 

 

Perv

 

 

Pervert

 

 

Perverse

 

 

Perversity

PARA

Beside, Beyond

Paraphrase

 

 

Paradox

 

 

Parabola

 

 

Paraphernalia

 

 

Paranoiac

PSEDO

False, Fake

Pseudonym

 

 

Pseudo-science

 

 

Pseudo form

 

 

Pseudo pod

PRIM

First

Prieval

 

 

Primipara

 

 

Primordial

 

 

Primogenitor

 

 

Primogenitures

PRO

First, Orginial

Prototype

 

 

Protocol

 

 

Protomartyr

 

 

Protophyte

RE

Again, Back

Reinter

 

 

Reinterpret

 

 

Reinvigorate

 

 

Reiterate

 

 

Reign

 

 

Reinstate

 

 

Reimburse

 

 

Rejoinder

 

 

Relapse

 

 

Reinforce

RETRO

Backwards

Retrospect

 

 

Retroactive

 

 

Retroflex

 

 

Retrocede

 

 

Retroject

SE

Aside, Away

Seclude

 

 

Seduce

 

 

Secede

 

 

Secession

 

 

Seclusion

SEMI

Half, Partly

Semidemisemiquaver

 

 

Semideponet

 

 

Semi-documentry

SUPER

Above, Greater

Supernatural

 

 

Supervise

 

 

Superfluous

 

 

Super grass

SUR

Over, Above

Surtax

 

 

Surcharge

 

 

Surfeit

 

 

Surmount

SUB, SUX, SUF

Under , Less

Sub delirious

 

 

Sub deacon

 

 

Sub erect

 

 

Subdue

 

 

Succedaneum

 

 

Succinct

 

 

Suffer

 

 

Suffragan

 

 

Suffocate

SYM, SYN

With, Together

Sympathy

 

 

Symphony

 

 

Symphysis

 

 

Symposium

 

 

Symphonic

 

 

Synthesis

 

 

Synchronize

SUG, SUS, SUP

Under, Beneath

Suggest

 

 

Suggestible

 

 

Suspend

 

 

Suspension

 

 

Suppress

SYL, SYS

Together, With

Syllogism

 

 

Syllabus

 

 

Systemic

 

 

Systolic

SUPRA

Above , Beyond

Supranational

 

 

Suprarenal

 

 

Supramaxillary

TELE

Far

Telemetry

 

 

Telegraphic

 

 

Teleology

 

 

Telepathy

TRANS

Across, Beyond

Transgress

 

 

Transcontinental

 

 

Transport

 

 

Transnational

TRANS

Into another state

Transcend

 

 

Transform

 

 

Transfigure

 

 

Transgenic

 

 

Transhumance

TRANS

Surpassing

Transcend

 

 

Transcendental

 

 

Transcendentalism

TOXI

Poisonous

Toxically

 

 

Toxin

UN

Not

Uncouple

 

 

Un courtly

 

 

Uncanny

UNI

One

Unicameral

 

 

Unicorn

 

 

Unilateral

UNDER

Below, Beneath

Undercarriage

 

 

Underbid

 

 

Underbred

 

 

Undercard

ULTRA

Beyond, Excessive

Ultraist

 

 

Utlramundane

 

 

Ultrasonics

 

 

Ultravires

Vice

Acting as a deputy

Vicegerent

 

 

Vice Admiral

 

 

Vice Chancellor

 

 

 

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