Prefix meaning

prēfĭks
To put or attach before or in front of.
verb
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(rare) To fix beforehand.
verb
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A title that is placed before a person's name, as Dr.
noun
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A syllable, group of syllables, or word joined to the beginning of another word or a base to alter its meaning or create a new word (Ex.: pre- in precool, un- in unsure)
noun
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The beginning or to add to the beginning. To prefix a header onto a packet means to place the header characters in front of the packet. "To prefix" at the beginning is the opposite of "to append" characters at the end. See prepend.
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To settle or arrange in advance.
verb
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An identifying letter or number placed before another number, etc.
noun
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(grammar) An affix, such as dis- in disbelieve, attached to the front of a word to produce a derivative word or an inflected form.
noun
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A title placed before a person's name.
noun
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To fix to the beginning of a word, etc.; esp., to add as a prefix.
verb
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The definition of a prefix is a word or part of a word that is placed at the beginning of another word to change its meaning.

An example of prefix is adding extra to ordinary, creating extraordinary.

noun
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That which is prefixed; especially one or more letters or syllables added to the beginning of a word to modify its meaning; as, pre- in prefix, con- in conjure.
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To determine beforehand; to set in advance. [from 15th c.]
verb
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To put or fix before, or at the beginning of something; to place at the start. [from 16th c.]
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Origin of prefix

  • Middle English prefixen from Old French prefixer pre- before (from Latin prae- pre–) fixer to place (from Latin fīxus) (past participle of fīgere to fasten dhīgw- in Indo-European roots) N., from New Latin praefīxum from neuter sing. of Latin praefīxus past participle of praefīgere to fix in front prae- pre- fīgere to fasten

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French prefixer (verb) and Late Latin praefixum (noun), both from Latin praefixus, past participle of praefÄ«gō (“I (fix, fasten, set up) in front", “I fix on the (end, extremity)") (from prae- (“before") + fÄ«gō (“I fix", “I fasten", “I affix")).

    From Wiktionary