General Roots and Prefixes

Root or Prefix a, an ab Meaning not, without away, down, from, off Examples atheist, anarchy, anonymous apathy, aphasia, anemia, atypical, anesthesia absent, abduction, aberrant, abstemious, abnormal, abstract, absorb acrobat, acrophobia, acronym, acromegaly, acropolis action, react, transaction, proactive, activity, activation, deactivate admit, addition, advertisement, adherent, admonish, address, adhesive, adept, adjust altitude, altimeter, alto, contralto, altocumulus, exalt ambulatory, amble, ambulance, somnambulist, perambulate, preamble animation, inanimate, animal, anime, equanimity, animism, animus anteroom, antebellum, antedate antecedent, antediluvian antisocial, antiseptic, antithesis, antibody, antichrist, antinomies, antifreeze, antipathy, antigen, antibiotic, antidote, antifungal, antidepressant army, armament, disarm, rearm, armistice, armor, armory, arms audience, auditory, audible, auditorium, audiovisual, audition, audiobook automobile, automatic, autograph, autonomous, autoimmune, autopilot, autobiography


high, tip, top


do, move


to, toward




to walk

anima ante anti, ant

soul, life before against, opposite

arm audi

weapon to hear



antebellum. precision. exclusive. homicide. biofuel. circumorbital. circulatory include. converge. conjoin. compatible. bivalve. clause. bioavailability. bimonthly. chronic. preclude convene. opposite . thoroughly bedecked. counterargument. biodiversity. exceed. contract contradict. genocide. besprinkled. bellicose. precede. proceed. concatenate. counterfeit. counterspy. regicide circumnavigate. bigamy. conclude. counteract. compress. contraband. biorhythm succeed. rebel benefactor. claustrophobia. reclusive. counter against. binary. bemoan belligerent. besmirch. chronicle. contemporary. cess to go. exclude. convert. circumference. ceed. bifocals. circumlocution. cis time to kill. excision. confluence. biceps. combine. enclose. together contra. contrast. succession. circumcision. counterclaim. suicide. belie. well bi bio two life. biohazard. benefit bicycle. beneficial. contravene. begrudge. benediction. bicarbonate biology. com with. contraception. circumscribe. excess chronology. living cede. circumvent. to cut circum around clud. anachronism fratricide. precise. benevolent. biography. begrime. concise. incision. clus claus to close con. biomass. controversy. circumflex. recede. circumstance. contrapuntal. contrary. secession. bell bene war good. circumcision. bioflavonoid. consequence. biathlete. to yield chron cide. chronometer. beneficiary. compact. bimetal.

incredible commune. cyclical. credible. cycle. counterrevolution cred to believe credo. credit. communism. incommunicado bicycle. wheel . community. communication. incredulous. credence.counterclaim. counterpoint. cyclone commun cycl to share circle. credulity. credential. motorcycle. commonality. communicable. encliclical. creed. tricycle.

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