For Beginners

For Beginners

For starters, here are some everyday word starters or prefixes. They begin the words which are defined below. If we remember the meaning of a prefix, we can often use it as a clue to a word that has slipped our tongue. (For added hints, we supply Words to choose from.)

Prefix        Meaning                  English words meaning                      Word?
dis               not                     (I) to claim to have no responsibility for
                                              (2) to make someone not calm

e,                out,                     (3) out of sight, obscured
es               out of,                  (4) to figure out
ex              from                     (5) to bring out
                                               (6) turning the mind from reality
                                               (7) from official authority

de                off,                      (8) to turn away, keep from acting
                   away,
                                               (9) the product of wearing away

im                  not                     (10) show of no concern
in                                              (11) not careful in actions

im,              on, in                  (12) to force on people
per            through                (13) to spread throughout
in                                              (14) to become aware of through the senses

pre            before                 (15) something needed beforehand
                                              (16) to know before it happens

retro          back                   (17) to prevent by prior action

 

re              back,                   (18) a look back at past works
                 again                   (19) to put back in former condition
                                             (20) to say over and over again
 

Words to choose from: deter, ex-cathedra, disavow, disconcert, insouciance, perceive, presage, reiterate, indiscreet, detritus, educe, eclipsed, reconstitute, preclude, impose, pervade, escapism, retrospective, elicit, a prerequisite.

Answer Key:

For Beginners:

I-disavow,

2-disconcert,

3-eclipsed,

4-educe, 

5-e1icit,

6-escapism, 

7-ex cathedra, 

8-deter, 

9-detritus, 

1O-insouciance,

11-indiscreet, 

12-impose, 

13-pervade, 

14-perceive, 

15-prerequisite,

16-presage, 

17-preclude, 

18-retrospective, 

19-reconstitute, 

20-reiterate.