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Dictionary of Combining Forms

Vocabulary Building · English Word Power

by Manik Joshi


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What are "Combining Forms"?Combining form is a form of a word that can combine with free word, root word or another combining form to get a new word. 'Combining form' adds extra meaning to the new word. 'Combining form' is added to the beginning or end of free word, root word or another combining form.(A). Examples of "Combining form + Free Word":Agro- + Industry = Agro-industryAgro- denotes: connected with farming(B). Example of "Combining form + Root Word":Aero- + Gramme = AerogrammAero- denotes: connected with aircraftGramme denotes: writing(C). Examples of "Combining form + Combining form":Hydro- + -Logy = Hydrology [the scientific study of the earth's water]Hydro- denotes: relating to water-Logy denotes: a subject of studyIMPORTANT NOTES:1. "Combining form" generally cannot stand alone as free words, but there are many exceptions to this rule.EXAMPLES:Combining Form: -like [free word]lotus + -like = lotus-likerope + -like = rope-like-like- denotes: similar to the thing that is mentioned2. Many Words ending in "-ed", "-en", etc. are used as COMBINING FORMS.EXAMPLES:Combining Form: -based (ending in '-ed')foreign + -based = foreign-baseddemand + -based = demand-based-based denotes: containing something as an important feature or part3. Many words ending in "-ing" are used as COMBINING FORMS.EXAMPLES:Combining Form: -looking (ending in '-ing')fine + -looking = fine-lookingsuspicious + -looking = suspicious-looking-looking- denotes: to be appearing in a way that is mentionedAlphabetical List of Combining Forms Along With Their Meanings And ExamplesCombining Forms — AAERO-Used to form: adjectives, adverbs and nounsGeneral meaning: connected with aircraftExamples:aerobatics / aerodrome / aerodynamics / aerofoil / aerogramme (also, aerogram) / aeronaut / aeronautics / aerospace / aerostat******-AFFECTEDUsed to form: adjectivesGeneral meaning: suffering from the thing that is mentionedExamples [along with their use in phrases]:drug-affected —— [drug-affected newborns]famine-affected —— [famine-affected village]flu-affected —— [flu-affected patients]militancy-affected —— [militancy-affected state]quake-affected —— [quake-affected hills]Other Examples:flood-affected / cyclone-affected / explosion-affected / drought-affected / rain-affected / violence-affected******AFRO-Used to form: adjectives and nounsGeneral meaning: AfricanExamples [along with their use in phrases]:Afro-Brazilian —— [Afro-Brazilian heritage]Afro-British —— [Afro-British people]Afro-Caribbean —— [Afro-Caribbean cooperation]Afro-Colombian —— [Afro-Colombian celebrities]Afro-Cuban —— [Afro-Cuban player]Afro-descendant —— [Afro-descendant communities]Afro-Iranian —— [Afro-Iranian minority]Afro-Latina —— [Afro-Latina engineers]Afro-Mexican —— [Afro-Mexican students]Afro-Palestinian —— [Afro-Palestinian group]Afro-Turk —— [Afro-Turk music star]ALL-Used to form: adjectives and adverbsGeneral meaning: each and every one | totally | in the highest degreeExamples:all-American / all-around / all-British / all-Canadian / all-clear / all-consuming / all-embracing / all-encompassing / all-important / all-inclusive / all-night / all-nighter / all-out / all-over / all-party / all-pervading / all-powerful / all-purpose / all-round / all-rounder / all-star / all-ticket / all-time

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Manik Joshi
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Manik Joshi (Author)

Manik Joshi was born on Jan 26, 1979 at Ranikhet and is permanent resident of Haldwani, Kumaon zone of India. He is an internet marketer by profession. He is interested in domaining (business of buying and selling domain names), web designing (cre...

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