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prefix

verb pre·fix

Simple Definition of prefix

  • : to add a letter, number, or symbol at the beginning of a word or number

Full Definition of prefix

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 \(ˌ)prē-ˈfiks\ :  to fix or appoint beforehand

  3. 2 \ˈprē-ˌ, prē-ˈ\ [partly from 2prefix] :  to place in front; especially :  to add as a prefix <prefix a syllable to a word>

Examples of prefix

  1. Prefix un to do to form the word undo.

  2. The cost of the item was prefixed by a dollar sign.



Origin of prefix

Middle English, from Middle French prefixer, from Latin praefixus


First Known Use: 15th century

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prefix

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noun pre·fix \ˈprē-ˌfiks\

Simple Definition of prefix

  • : a letter or group of letters that is added at the beginning of a word to change its meaning

  • : a title (such as “Mr.” or “Dr.”) that is used before a person's name

Full Definition of prefix

  1. 1 :  an affix attached to the beginning of a word, base, or phrase and serving to produce a derivative word or an inflectional form — compare suffix

  2. 2 :  a title used before a person's name

pre·fix·al play \ˈprē-ˌfik-səl, prē-ˈ\ adjective

Examples of prefix

  1. Add the prefix re- to form the words retell and recall.



Origin of prefix

New Latin praefixum, from Latin, neuter of praefixus, past participle of praefigere to fasten before, from prae- + figere to fasten — more at fix


First Known Use: 1646

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prefix

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adjective pre·fix \same as 2\

Definition of prefix

  1. :  characterized by placement of an operator before its operand or before its two operands if it is a binary operator — compare infix, postfix



1971

First Known Use of prefix

1971


PREFIX Defined for Kids

prefix

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noun pre·fix \ˈprē-ˌfiks\

Definition of prefix

  1. :  a letter or group of letters that comes at the beginning of a word and has its own meaning





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