Prefixes  Suffixes

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Latin Prefixes


When learning Latin prefixes it's probably best to start with those you are familiar with.

After all, many -- if not most -- of the prefixes in English come from Latin or Greek.

It should be no surprise, then, for Latin prefixes to be found everywhere in the English language (which they are) and used in a myriad, or large number, of words.

In fact, many, many words in the English Language will have either a Greek or Latin prefix in combination with a root, or root word, plus a suffix.

One of the reasons for making this site is that I've always enjoyed learning where words come from... and what they mean. It can be fun tracing a words root to its origin in a quest for a greater understanding.

Can that be true?

Learning Latin prefixes and what they mean and how they are used is, dare I say, fun?


Latin Prefixes    Meanings                  Usage


ab, abs away, away from abnormal, abstract
ad to, towards, at adhere, admire, admit
am around amputate
ambi both ambivalent, ambidextrous
ante before antediluvian, antecedent
bi two bifocals
circum around circumnavigate, circumcise

co
com
con
col

with, together
co-worker
compress
conjoin
collate
contra against contraband
de down, away from decrease, descend
dis away distract
ef
ex
out
out of
effluent
exit
endo within indoctrinate
epi on, upon epicenter
extra beyond extraterrestrial
il
in
im
ir

against, opposite
illegitimate
insufficient
impolite
irregular
infra below infrared
inter between interject
intro within introspection
ob against object, obstruct
non not nonviolent, nonlethal
per through perfect
post after, behind postscript, PS
pre before prenatal, prelude
re back, again retreat, release
retro backward retrospect, retrofit
sin without sincere
semi half semisphere, semitractor
sub under, below subpar, subhuman
super above, over superman, supermarket
trans across transport
ultra beyond, above ultrasound, ultraviolet




The above list represent the most common Latin prefixes used in the English Language. There are more, however, and if you go to the list of prefixes from the menu at the top left of this page, you'll find them.