Definition of Prefix

1. Noun. An affix that is added in front of the word.

Generic synonyms: Affix
Specialized synonyms: Alpha Privative



2. Verb. Attach a prefix to. "Prefixed words"
Generic synonyms: Affix
Derivative terms: Prefixation
Antonyms: Suffix

Definition of Prefix

1. v. t. To put or fix before, or at the beginning of, another thing; as, to prefix a syllable to a word, or a condition to an agreement.

2. n. That which is prefixed; esp., one or more letters or syllables combined or united with the beginning of a word to modify its signification; as, pre- in prefix, con- in conjure.

Definition of Prefix

1. Noun. That which is prefixed; especially one or more letters or syllables added to the beginning of a word to modify its meaning; as, ''pre-'' in prefix, ''con-'' in conjure. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To determine beforehand; to set in advance. (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To put or fix before, or at the beginning of something; to place at the start. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Prefix

1. to add as a prefix (a form affixed to the beginning of a root word) [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Prefix

prefilter
prefiltered
prefiltering
prefilters
prefinance
prefinanced
prefinances
prefinancing
prefinished
prefinite
prefinition
prefire
prefired
prefires
prefiring
prefix (current term)
prefix'd
prefix notation
prefixa
prefixable
prefixal
prefixally
prefixation
prefixe
prefixed
prefixes
prefixhood
prefixing
prefixion
prefixions

Literary usage of Prefix

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Grammar of the German Language: Designed for a Thoro and Practical Study by George Oliver Curme (1922)
"A. c), a perf. part., an infin., and lastly a separable prefix, all of which are absolutely necessary to complete the meaning of the verb, and naturally as ..."

2. Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar by Wilhelm Gesenius, Thomas Jefferson Conant, Emil Roediger (1856)
"prefix PREPOSITIONS. 1. Of the prepositions given in the preceding section, "Jti is frequently written as a prefix, yet without wholly losing its Nun, ..."

3. Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar by Wilhelm Gesenius (1859)
"prefix PREPOSITIONS. 1. Of the prepositions given in the preceding section, fB ¡s frequently written as a prefix, yet without wholly losing its Nun, ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"Sexual gender may be indicated by a male " prefix " of varying form, ... This prefix cannot be traced to derivation from any others among the e ¡Ч teen, ..."

5. A Structural and Lexical Comparison of the Tunica, Chitimacha, and Atakapa by John Reed Swanton (1919)
"Chitimacha one prefix is employed for both reciprocal and reflexive and there are independent reflexives employed after independent pronouns, ..."

6. Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar by Wilhelm Gesenius, Thomas Jefferson Conant, Emil Roediger, Benjamin Davies (1846)
"prefix PREPOSITIONS. 1. Of the prepositions given in the preceding section, fO is frequently written as a prefix, yet without wholly losing its Nun, ..."

7. Gesenius Hebrew grammar by Wilhelm Gesenius, Emil Roediger (1851)
"prefix PREPOSITIONS. 1. Of the prepositions given in the preceding section, JC is frequently written as a prefix, yet without wholly losing its Nun, ..."

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