Definitions for prefixˈpri fɪks; priˈfɪks

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pre•fixˈpri fɪks; priˈfɪks(n.; v. also)

  1. an affix placed before a base or another prefix, as un- in unkind, un- and re- in


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  2. something prefixed, as a title before a person's name.

  3. (v.t.)to fix or put before or in front.

  4. to add as a prefix.

    Category: Grammar

  5. to fix, settle, or appoint beforehand.

Origin of prefix:

1375–1425; (v.) late ME < MF prefixer < L praefixus, ptp. of praefīgere to set up in front; see pre -, fix ; (n.) < NL praefixum, neut. of praefixus

pre`fix•a′tion-ˈfɪk ʃən(n.)

pre•fix′ion-ˈfɪk ʃən(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. prefix(verb)

    an affix that is added in front of the word

  2. prefix(verb)

    attach a prefix to

    "prefixed words"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. prefix(noun)ˈpri fɪks; v. also priˈfɪks

    a letter or set of letters added to a word that changes its meaning

    "un" is a common prefix meaning "not."

  2. prefixˈpri fɪks; v. also priˈfɪks

    a letter, number, or set of letters or numbers before an item with a particular meaning

    The prefix 617 indicates a phone number in the Boston area.


  1. prefix(Noun)

    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.

  2. prefix(Verb)

    To determine beforehand; to set in advance.

  3. prefix(Verb)

    To put or fix before, or at the beginning of something; to place at the start.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prefix(verb)

    to put or fix before, or at the beginning of, another thing; as, to prefix a syllable to a word, or a condition to an agreement

  2. Prefix(verb)

    to set or appoint beforehand; to settle or establish antecedently

  3. Prefix(noun)

    that which is prefixed; esp., one or more letters or syllables combined or united with the beginning of a word to modify its signification; as, pre- in prefix, con- in conjure

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a syllable or syllables put at the beginning of another word to change its meaning

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