Definitions for exɛks

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. without; not including:

    ex dividend.

    Category: Business

  2. free of charges to the purchaser until removed from a specified place:

    ex warehouse.

    Category: Business

Origin of ex:

1835–45; < L. See ex -1


  1. the letter

    X, x.


  1. Informal.a former spouse; ex-wife or ex-husband.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

Origin of ex:

1820–30; by shortening


  1. a prefix occurring orig. in loanwords from Latin, meaning “out, out of, away, forth” (egregious; exclude; exhale; exit; export; extract), used also to signify that the action of a base verb has been carried to a conclusive point (effect; effete; erase; exaggerate; excite; exhaust), esp. in causative formations (evacuate; effeminate; exhilarate; expurgate) or privative formations, including adjectives (emasculate; enervate; exonerate; exsanguine).

    Category: Affix

    Ref: Also, before consonants other than c, f, p, q, s,and tin Latin words, e-, 6 ef-.

  2. a prefix meaning “former,”“formerly having been”:

    ex-member; ex-wife.

    Category: Affix

Origin of ex-:

< L, prefixal use of ex, ē (prep.) out (of), from, beyond; (def. 2 ) < LL, as in exconsul, based on L ex in the sense “from being, having formerly held (an office)”


  1. exarch.

    Category: Affix

    Ref: var. of exo- before a vowel:


  1. a prefix similar in meaning to ex-1, occurring orig. in loanwords from Greek: exegesis.

    Category: Affix

    Ref: Also, before a consonant, ec-. 1

Origin of ex-:

< Gk, prefixal use of ex, ek, out (of), from, beyond; cf. ex -1


  1. Exodus.

    Category: Bible


  1. examination.

  2. examined.

  3. example.

  4. except.

  5. exception.

  6. exchange.

  7. excursion.

  8. executed.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ex-husband, ex(noun)

    a man who was formerly a certain woman's husband

  2. ex-wife, ex(noun)

    a woman who was formerly a particular man's wife

    "all his exes live in Texas"

  3. X, x, ex(adj)

    the 24th letter of the Roman alphabet

  4. antique, demode, ex, old-fashioned, old-hat(p), outmoded, passe, passee(adj)

    out of fashion

    "a suit of rather antique appearance"; "demode (or outmoded) attire"; "outmoded ideas"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ex(noun)ɛks

    sb's former husband, wife, or partner

    Her ex called.


  1. ex(Noun)

    An ex-husband, ex-wife or ex-partner.

  2. ex(Verb)

    To delete; to cross out


  1. Ex

    In social relationships, an ex is someone with whom a person was once associated. As a prefix, ex- can refer to a variety of different relationships; for example, one might refer to a music group's ex-guitarist, or someone's ex-friend. When used alone, ex as a noun is assumed to refer to a former sexual or romantic partner, especially a former spouse. This often has a derogatory tinge, especially if it refers to unrequited feelings.

Anagrams of ex

  1. xe


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