UN

abbreviation

Definition of UN

United Nations

1

un-

prefix \ ˌən , often ˈən , before ˈ- stressed syllable \

Definition of un-

1 :not :in-, non- in adjectives formed from adjectives
  • unambitious
  • unskilled
or participles
  • undressed
, in nouns formed from nouns
  • unavailability
, and rarely in verbs formed from verbs
  • unbe
sometimes in words that have a meaning that merely negates that of the base word and are thereby distinguished from words that prefix in- or a variant of it (such as im-) to the same base word and have a meaning positively opposite to that of the base word
  • unartistic
  • unmoral
2 :opposite of :contrary to in adjectives formed from adjectives
  • unconstitutional
  • ungraceful
  • unmannered
or participles
  • unbelieving
and in nouns formed from nouns
  • unrest

Origin and Etymology of un-

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German un- un-, Latin in-, Greek a-, an-, Old English ne not — more at no


2

un-

prefix

Definition of un-

1 :do the opposite of :reverse (a specified action) :de- 1a, dis- 1a in verbs formed from verbs
  • unbend
  • undress
  • unfold
2 a :deprive of :remove (a specified thing) from :remove in verbs formed from nouns
  • unfrock
  • unsex
b :release from :free from in verbs formed from nouns
  • unhand
c :remove from :extract from :bring out of in verbs formed from nouns
  • unbosom
d :cause to cease to be in verbs formed from nouns
  • unman
3 :completely
  • unloose

Origin and Etymology of un-

Middle English, from Old English un-, on-, alteration of and- against — more at ante-


UN Defined for Kids

UN

abbreviation

Definition of UN for Students

United Nations

1

un-

prefix \ ˌən , ˈən \

Definition of un- for Students

1 :not :in-, non-
  • unskilled
2 :opposite of :contrary to
  • unconstitutional

2

un-

prefix

Definition of un- for Students

1 :do the opposite of :de-, dis-
  • undress
2 :remove a specified thing from or free or release from
  • unleash
3 :completely
  • unloose

Law Dictionary

un-

prefix

legal Definition of un-

1 :not
  • uncounseled
2 :contrary to
  • unconstitutional

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