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July 11, 2016

English Vocabulary in 365 Days - Lesson 20

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Hello everyone, in our Lesson 19, we learnt about the prefix DiDi represents  the meanings twice; double; separationToday we shall see the prefix Dia. Happy Reading :)

Day 20 : Dia

  • Dia - through; across; apart
Let's try to understand this with some examples
  • dialogue (noun) = conversation between two or more persons 
    • dia - Prefix = through
    • logue (legein) - Root = speak 
  • diameter (noun) = measurement “across” a circle through its midpoint
    • dia - Prefix = across
    • meter (metron) - Root = measure
Let's have a look at some more words with dia prefixes, for better understanding.
  • diachronic = of going “across” time
  • diadem = a crown worn “across” a ruler’s head
  • diagonal = line “across” a rectangle from one corner to another
  • diagram = figure written “across” a page to illustrate a concept or information of some kind
  • dialect = a variant language that allows a speaking “across” from one person to another
  • dialogue = a speaking “across” between two people
  • diametrically = fully “across” from something else
  • diaphanous = of light shining “across” or “through” a clear material
  • diaspora = a scattering “across” the world
  • dialysis = the separation into elements 
  • diagnose = recognize a disease through symptoms
          Home Work :

          Try to guess the meanings of the following elements.
          1. -ant
          2. -ian
          3. -less
          4. -ive
          a. being in a state
          b. without
          c. tending to
          d. a specialist in

          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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