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February 16, 2017

English Vocabulary in 365 Days - Lesson 62

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Hello everyone, in our Lesson 61, we learnt about the prefix ReRe represents the meanings again; backToday we shall see the prefix retro. Happy Reading :)

Note : If you are new to these lessons, read the Introductory Lesson from HERE for better understanding.

Day 62 : retro

  • Retro - back; backwards
Let's try to understand this with some examples
  • retrograde (adjective) = returning to how something was in the past
    • retro - Prefix = backwards
    • grade (gradi) - Root = to walk
  • retrospect (noun) = thinking about past event or situations
    • retro - Prefix = back
    • spect (specere) - Root = to look
Let's have a look at some more words with prefixes, for better understanding.

  • retroactive - descriptive of any event or stimulus or process that has an effect on the effects of events or stimuli or process that occurred previously
  • retrocede - to move back
  • retrofit - provide with parts, devices, or equipment not available or in use at the time of the original manufacture
  • retroflex - turned backwards
  • retrograde - going backward
  • retrogress - get worse or fall back to a previous condition
  • retrogression - passing from a more complex to a simpler biological form
  • retroject - to throw backwards
  • retrolingual - behind tongue
  • retrospect - when you consider something in retrospect, you look back on or think about what happened in the past with the advantage of knowing more now than you did then.
  • retrospection - thinking about a past event or situation
  • retrospective - concerned with or related to the past
  • retroverse - turned backwards
  • retrovirus - any of a group of viruses that contain two single-strand linear RNA molecules per virion and reverse transcriptase (RNA to DNA)
Home Work :

Try to guess the meanings of the following elements.
  1. -primo
  2. -recti
  3. -satis
  4. -tain
a. straight
b. enough
c. hold
d. first

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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