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WordSkills : Lesson One. Word parts: Prefixes Students need to write down the prefix, its definition, and at least two examples to help you to remember the meaning. There are 3 major parts to a word. Prefixes- comes at the beginning of a word Roots- the middle “root” word

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Wordskills lesson one

WordSkills:Lesson One

Word parts: Prefixes

Students need to write down the prefix, its definition, and at least two examples to help you to remember the meaning.


There are 3 major parts to a word
There are 3 major parts to a word

  • Prefixes- comes at the beginning of a word

  • Roots- the middle “root” word

  • Suffixes- comes at the end of a word

  • Predetermined-Pre (prefix meaning before) deter and min (root) ed (suffix determining time frame)


A an no not without lacking
a (an): no, not, without, lacking

  • amnesia

    a (without) mne (memory) ia (condition, state of)

  • anarchy

    an (without) arch (rule, government) y (result of)

  • atheist

    a (lacking, without) theo (god) ist (one who)


Ambi both
ambi: both

  • ambiguous

    ambi (both) ag (do, drive) ous (full of)

  • ambidextrous

    ambi (both) dextro (right-handed) ous (full of)

  • ambivalent

    ambi (both) val (strong) ent (full of)


Anti against
anti: against

  • antidote

    anti (against) dot (give)

  • antibiotic

    anti (against) bio (life) ic (having characteristics of)

  • antisocial

    anti (against) soc (society) al(having characteristics of)


Circum around
circum: around

  • circumference

    circum (around) fer (carry) ence(state or condition)

  • circumscribe

    circum (around) scribe (write)

  • circumnavigate

    circum (around) nav (sail) ate (make, cause)s


De down from
de: down, from

  • demote

    de (down) mot (move)

  • descend

    de (down) scend (climb)

  • decline

    de (down) clin (bend)


Dis di dif apart away not
dis (di, dif): apart, away, not

  • divert

    di (away) vert (turn)

  • differ

    dif (away) fer (carry)

  • disrupt

    dis (apart) rupt (break)


Endo inside within
endo: inside, within

  • endoderm

    endo (within) derm (skin)

  • endocardium

    endo (inside) cardi (heart) ium (condition, place)

  • endocrine

    endo (inside) krin (separate)


Exo outside
exo: outside

  • exocrine

    exo (outside) krin (separate)

  • exotic

    exo (outside) ic (having characteristics of)

  • exosphere

    exo (outside) sphere (sphere)


Extra extro beyond
extra (extro): beyond

  • extraordinary

    extra (beyond) ordin (order) ary (place where)

  • extrasensory

    extra (beyond) sens(feel) ory (having characteristics of)

  • extraterrestrial

    extra (beyond) terrestri (earth) al (related to)


Hetero different
hetero: different

  • heterogeneous

    hetero (different) gen (kind) ous (full of)

  • heteromorphic

    hetero(different) morph(shape) ic(having characteristics of)

  • heterosexual

    hetero (different) sex (sex) al (related to)


Homo same
homo: same

  • homonym

    homo (same) onym (name)

  • homogeneous

    homo (same) gen (kind) ous (full of)

  • homophone

    homo (same) phon (sound)


In il im ir in into
in (il, im, ir): in, into

  • inject

    in (in, into) ject (throw)

  • illuminate

    il (in) lumin (light) ate (make, cause)

  • import

    im (in) port (carry)

  • irrigate

    ir (in) rigar (water) ate (make, cause)


In ig il im ir
in (ig, il, im, ir)

Inactive in (not) act (act, do) ive (having power)

Ignobleig (not) nobilis (noble)

Illegal il (not) leg (law) al (related to)

Imperfect im (not) per (thoroughly) fect (make)

Irrationalir (not) ration (reason) al (related to)


Inter between among
inter: between, among

  • interact

    inter (between) act (act, do)

  • interrupt

    inter (between) rupt (break)

  • intervene

    inter (between) vene (come)


Intra intro inside within
intra (intro): inside, within

  • intravenous

    intra (inside) ven (vein) ous (full of)

  • introduce

    intro (inside) duc (lead)

  • introspect

    intro (inside) spect (look)


Iso same
iso: same

  • isometric

    iso (same) metr (measure) ic (related to)

  • isosceles

    iso (same) skelos (leg)

  • isothermal

    iso (same) therm (heat) al (related to)


Macro large great
macro: large, great

  • macroscopic

    macro (large) scop (look, see) ic (having characteristics of)

  • macrocosm

    macro (large) cosm (world, universe)

  • macrocyte

    macro (large) cyte (cell)


Micro small
micro: small

  • microscopic

    Micro (small) scop (look, see) ic (having characteristics of)

  • microcosm

    micro (small) cosm (world)

  • microcyte

    Micro (small) cyte (cell)


Medi middle
medi: middle

  • median

    medi (middle) an (related to)

  • medieval

    medi (middle) ev (time, age) al (related to)

  • medium

    medi (middle) ium (state, condition of


Per through thoroughly
per: through, thoroughly

  • perspire

    per (through) spir (breath)

  • permit

    per (through) mit (send)

  • perennial

    per (through) enn (year) al (related to)


Pre before
pre: before

  • prefix

    pre (before) fix (place, put)

  • precede

    pre (before) ced (go)

  • prevent

    pre (before) ven (come)


Post after
post: after

  • postpone

    post (after) pon (place, put)

  • postscript

    post (after) script (write)

  • postmeridian

    post (after) meridian (midday)


Se apart away
se: apart, away

  • secede

    se (apart) ced (go)

  • seclude

    se (away) clud (close, shut)

  • seduce

    se (away) duc (lead)


Syn syl sym sys same together with
syn (syl, sym, sys): same, together with

  • synonym

    syn (same) onym (name)

  • symphony

    sym (together) phon (sound) y (result of)

  • syllable

    syl (together) lambanein (take)


Ultra beyond
ultra: beyond

  • ultraliberal

    ultra (beyond) liber (free) al (related to)

  • ultramodern

    ultra (beyond) mod (now) ern (related to)

  • ultrasound

    ultra (beyond) son (sound)


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