Prefixes  Suffixes

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Common Prefixes in English


Common prefixes in English are easily recognizable... it's the not so common ones that can cause students problems.
Below you'll find some not so common prefixes plus those you probably already know. The point is to get you familiar with all types of prefixes because you'll see them in all kinds of situations.

For instance, depending on what subject you study, you may see more Latin than Greek prefixes -- or vice versa.

Likewise, common prefixes will be found in every subject and everywhere.

The list below along with many other pages in this site contain prefixes and examples for you to learn them more readily.

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Common Prefix Meaning Usage
a, an
ab
ac
acer, acr
ad
ambi
ante
anthropo
anti
aqua
arch
aud
auto
bene
bibl
bio
brev
chron
circum
clar
co, con, com
counter, contra
cred
crypt
cycl
de
dia
dic, dict
dis
dyna
dys
ee
ego
en
epi
ese
eu
ex
extra
fort
frater
gen
geo
graph, gram
gyn
hetero
homo, homeo
hydr
hyper
hypo
ic, ical
il, im, in, ir
inter
intra
macro
magn
mal
man
mater
mega
meter, metr
micro
mis
mis, miso
mit, miss
multi
nav
neb
non
omni
ortho
pan
para
pater
path
ped, pod
per
peri
phil
phon
photo
poly
port
post
pot
pre
pseudo
psych
pyr
re
rupt
scrib, script
se
semi
simil
soph
spect
sub
super
syn, sym
tech
tele
ten
tend
terra
therm
trans
ultra
un
under
viv
voc
vor
without, not
away (from)
characteristic of
sour, bitter
to, toward
both
before
man, mankind
against, opposed
water
chief, principle
hear
self
well, good
book
life
short
time
around
clear
together, with
against, opposite
believe
secret, hidden
circle
from, away
through, apart
say
apart, from, out,
power
hard, ill, with difficulty
person who is
I, self
to make, become
on, outer
relating to
well, good
out, from
beyond, outside
strong
brother
race, origin, kind
earth
write
woman
other, different
same, like, similar
water
excessive, over, above,
under, below, beneath
of, like
in, into, on, within, not,
between
within
large
large, great
bad
hand
mother
big
measure
small
wrong, ill
hatred
send
many
ship, sail
hazy, cloudy
not
all
straight, right
all
beside
father
feeling, suffering
foot
through, completely
around
love, like
sound
light
many
carry
after
strength, ability
before
false
mind, soul
fire
back, again
break
write
away, from
half
like
wise
see, look
under
over, above
with, together
art, skill
far
hold
stretch
earth
heat
across
beyond, excessively
not, opposing, reverse
below, beneath
life
call, voice
eat greedily

atypical
absent, abstract
cardiac
acerbity, acrid
adhere
ambivalent
anteroom, antebellum
anthropoid
antipathy, antisocial
aquatic
archenemy
auditory, auditorium
automatic
beneficial
Bible
autobiography
brevity
chronological
circumference
clarity
cooperate, conspiracy
counteract, contrary
credential, credible
cryptic
cyclical
depart
diagonal
dictate, dictation
distract
dynamic
dyslexia
employee, trainee
egoist
shorten
epigram
journalese
euphemism, euphoria
exhale, exit
extracurricular
fortress, forte
fraternity
Genesis
geography
graphology
gynophobia, gynecology
heterogeneous
homogeneous
hydroplane
hyperfunction
hypodermic
manic, numerical
illegal, infiltrate
interfere
intrastate
macroeconomics
magnify
malpractice, maladjusted
manicure
maternity
megaphone
thermometer
microscope
misinform
misanthrope
transmit, missile
multitude
naval, navigate
nebulous
nonadjustable
pandemonium
orthopedics
pandemonium
parallel
paternal
apathy
pedal, podiatrist
perforate
perimeter
philanthropy
phonics
photostat
polygamy
porter, protable
postpone
potential
preamble
pseudoscience
psychology
pyromania
return, redo
rupture
transcribe, scripture
seclude, segregate
semiprivate
similar
sophomore
spectator
submarine
supersonic, supervisor
synchronize, symphony
technology
telephone
tenacity, tendon
extend
terrier, terrace
thermal
transport
ultramodern
unlawful
underground
vivacious
vocation
omnivorous, voracious





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