See also: esce and -ešce

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin -ēscere (inchoative suffix), form of -ēscō (I become). Compare -ish (Etymology 2).

PronunciationEdit

SuffixEdit

-esce

  1. Used to form verbs from nouns, following the pattern of verbs derived from Latin verbs ending in -esco

Usage notesEdit

  • This is a termination of verbs of Latin origin, having usually an inchoative force, as in convalesce (begin to be well) or effervesce (begin to boil up), though less obvious in some verbs, as coalesce.
  • The present participle of such verbs appears in English as adjectives with the termination -escent, as in effervescent, but such adjectives often exist without a corresponding verb with -esce.
  • The noun is terminated with -escence, as in convalescence or effervescence.

Derived termsEdit


Related termsEdit

other terms ending in -esce
suffixes

ReferencesEdit

  • The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1914

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