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Dictionary of Root Words

Greek and Latin Roots · English Word Power

by Manik Joshi


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What are "Root Words"?A root, or root word is a word which is used to form another word. It is also called a base word. A root does not have a prefix (a letter or group of letters added to the beginning of a word) or a suffix (a letter or group of letters added to the end of a word).Root is the primary lexical unit of a word, and of a word family.For example, pure is a root. By adding prefixes and suffixes, the following words could be made:impure, purity, purenessSimilarly, play and move are root words. By adding prefixes and suffixes, the following words could be made:plays, played, playing, playermoving, movement, moved, movable, mover, movinglyIn this book, I have given the most common Greek and Latin roots which are used in English language.Sample This:Root Words — AAB/ABSOrigin: Latin | Meaning: away, from, offExamples:abate — to subsideabject — hopelessabjure — to renounceabnormal — unusual | related words: abnormally, abnormalityabroad — out of the countryabscess — swellingabscond — to run away | related word: absconderabseil — to go down a steep cliffabsence — nonattendance | related words: absent, absentee, absenteeism, absentia, absentlyabsolve — to forgiveabsorb — to soak up | related words: absorbable, absorbance, absorbed, absorbency, absorbent, absorbing, absorptionabstain — to give up something for moral reason | related words: abstainer, abstention, abstinenceabstemious — criticalabstinent — not having something for moral reasonabstract — not real; theoretical | related words: abstracted, abstractedly, abstraction, abstractlyabstruse — difficult to understand; obscureabsurd — ridiculous | related words: absurdist, absurdity, absurdlyAGGOrigin: Latin | Meaning: collectedExamples:agglomerate — to collect things and form them into a mass or group | related word: agglomerationaggrandize — to increase your importance or power | related word: aggrandizementaggregate — to put together different items, amounts, etc. into a single total | related words: aggregation, aggregatorALTR/ALTEROrigin: Latin | Meaning: otherExamples:altruism — caring about the needs of other people | related word: altruisticalterable — that can be changed | related word: unalterablealtercation — noisy argumentalternate — to follow one after other | related words: alternately, alternation, alternativeSome More Root Words — ARoot Word [Origin] — Meaning | Example(s) (Related Words in Bracket)a [Greek] — not | atheism, apolitical, atypicalablat [Latin] — remove | ablationablut [Latin] — wash | ablutionsabort [Latin] — born too soon | abortionabras [Latin] — rub off | abrasion (abrasive, abrasively, abrasiveness)abstemi [Latin] — controlled; moderate | abstemiousabund [Latin] — overflow | abundance (abundant, abundantly)ac [Latin] — to, toward | accept (acceptability, acceptable, acceptably, acceptance, acceptation)acanth [Greek] — thorn | acanthusacceler [Latin] — hasten | accelerate (acceleration, accelerator)acet [Latin] — vinegar | acetate, acetic, acetoneachr [Greek] — colorless | achromicacm [Greek] — summit | acmeaco [Greek] — relief | aconiteadama [Greek] — invincible | adamant (adamantly)ade [Greek] — enough | adequate (adequacy, adequately)adip [Latin] — fat | adiposeadolesc [Latin] — growing up | adolescent (adolescence)Other Root Words — ARoot Word [Origin] — Meaningaapt [Greek] — indomitable, unfriendlyabact [Latin] — driven awayabdit [Latin] — secret/hiddenablep [Greek] — loss of sightabr [Greek] — delicateabscis [Latin] — cutoffabsit [Latin] — distantaca [Greek] — a point; silenceacar [Greek] — tinyaccip [Latin] — allow, snatchaccliv [Latin] — steep; up-hillaccresc [Latin] — increaseace [Greek] — healacer [Latin] — sharpacerv [Latin] — pileacest [Greek] — healing; remedy

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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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