Increasing the meaning of adjectives



According to the Cambridge Dictionary:

‚ÄúPrefixes are letters which we add to the beginning of a word to make a new word with a different meaning. Prefixes can, for example, create a new word opposite in meaning to the word the prefix is attached to. They can also make a word negative or express relations of time, place or manner‚ÄĚ.

You will see different prefixes, their meaning, and examples using adjectives. The goal of this class is for you to be able to use a range of common prefixes, enhancing the meaning of adjectives.

anti- against / opposed to Anti-racist, antiviral
dis- not / opposite of disloyal, dishonest, dissimilar, distrustful
extra- beyond / outside extraordinary, extraterrestrial, extracurricular
hyper- extreme / more than normal hyperactive, hypersonic
il-, im-, in-, ir- not / opposite of illegal, impolite, insecure, irrational
inter- between / among interactive, international
non- Not / absence non-fiction, non-political, non-neutral
over- too much / excessive overused, overconfident
pre- before prehistoric, pre-adolescent
pro- in favor of / in support of pro-communist, prodemocratic
semi- Half / partly semi-conscious, semi-retired
sub- under / below / near subtropical, sub-Saharan
super- above, beyond super-hero, supermodel, super-human
trans- across / beyond transatlantic, transnational
ultra- extremely / beyond ultra-compact, ultrasonic
un- not / opposite of unhappy, unreal, unpleasant
under- less than / beneath underpaid, underage
up- make or move higher upgrade, uphill

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  • Antivirus
  • Disfunction
  • Hyperactivity