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July 09, 2016

English Vocabulary in 365 Days - Lesson 18

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Hello everyone, in our Lesson 17, we learnt about the prefixes Contra and ControContra, Coontro represent  the meanings against; oppositeToday we shall see the prefix De. Happy Reading :)

Day 18 : De

  • De - down; off; thoroughly; from
Let's try to understand this with some examples
  • decision (noun) = the process of deciding something  (a cutting “off” of all possibilities but one)
    • de - Prefix = off
    • cis (caedere) - Root = cut
    • ion - Suffix = the process of
  • define (verb) = to say or explain the meaning of something 
    • de - Prefix = thoroughly
    • fine (finis) - Root = end
Let's have a look at some more words with de prefixes, for better understanding.
  • decide = to cut “off” false possibilities or poor options
  • desire = a strong wish to do something
  • degenerate = to become worse 
  • detest = to hate somebody / something very much 
  • depose = to remove from a position 
  • dependent = needing somebody / something in order to survive or to be successful 
  • depend = to be decided by or to change according to the stated thing
  • deformed = with a shape that has not developed normally
  • defender = someone who protects a place against attack, or who believes in and supports a person, idea, plan, etc
  • decapitate = to take “off” a head 
  • derive = to come “from”
  • derivative = a word that has come “from” another language
  • deduce = to arrive at a conclusion by leading evidence “from” a given situation
      Home Work :

      Try to guess the meanings of the following elements.
      1. -age
      2. -cule
      3. -en
      4. -ary
      a. madeof
      b. connected with
      c. very small
      d. the state of

      Try to match the above elements with given meanings.  Solve it on your own and

      That's all for today guys..... Thank you :)

      You can read Old Lessons of this series from here
      Shraboni Chakraborty
      Asstt. Professor
      English and Foreign Languages University,

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