Prefix Suffix Meanings and Usage

This is the last prefix suffix meanings page... alphabetically speaking that is.

There are more pages concerning prefixes and suffixes which can be easily reached from this page. Just a click or two and you should be able to find what it is you're looking for.

For more prefix suffix meanings and for a complete guide to prefixes and suffixes

I recommend the following link to learn all you need to know about prefixes, suffixes and their meanings. It's a pdf file from the national spelling bee people.

I just spent about an hour looking over the material - yes - it was that good! That's why I've included it as a link from this page.

Hopefully, you'll find it as valuable as I did.


Prefix        Meaning        Usage

pan all, every panacea cure all, panorama unobstructed view in all directions
para beyond, related parallel similar, paraphrase restate, translate
per through, completely permeable allowing passage through, pervade spread throughout
peri around, near perimeter outer boundary, periphery edge
poly many polyglot speaking several languages
post after posthumous after death
pre before preamble introductory statement, premonition forewarning
prim first primordial existing at the dawn of time, primogeniture state of being the first born
pro forward, in favor of propulsive driving forward, proponent supporter
proto first prototype first of its kind
pseudo false pseudonym pen name
re again, back reiterate repeat, reimburse pay back
retro backward retrospect look back in time
se away, aside secede withdraw, seclude shut away
semi half, partly semiconscious partly conscious
sub, suc, suf, sug, sup, sus under, less subjugate bring under control, succumb yield, cease to resist, suffuse spread through, suggest hint, suppress put down by force, suspend delay, temporarily cease
super, sur over, above supernatural above natural things, surtax additional tax
syn, sym, syl, sys with, together synchronize time together, sympathize pity, identify with, syllogism explanation of how ideas relate, system network
tele far telegraphic communication over a distance
trans across transport carry across
ultra beyond, excessive ultra conservative exceedingly conservativel
un not unkempt not combed, disheveled
under below underling someone inferior
uni one unison oneness of pitch, complete accord
vice in place of viceroy governor acting in place of a king
with away, against withstand stand up against, resist


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