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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French prefixer (verb) resp. Late Latin praefixum (noun), both from Latin praefixus, past participle of praefīgō (I (fix, fasten, set up) in front”, “I fix on the (end, extremity)) (from prae- (before) + fīgō (I fix”, “I fasten”, “I affix)).

PronunciationEdit

  • (noun) IPA(key): /ˈpɹiːfɪks/
  • (verb) IPA(key): /ˈpɹiːfɪks/, /pɹiːˈfɪks/, /pɹɛˈfɪks/
  • (file)

NounEdit

prefix (plural prefixes)

  1. Something placed before another
    1. (grammar) one or more letters or syllables added to the beginning of a word to modify its meaning, for example as, pre- in prefix, con- in conjure, re- in reheat etc.
    2. (telecommunications) A set of digits placed before a telephone number, to indicate where the number is based, what type of phone number it is (landline, mobile, toll-free, premium rate etc.)
      in the UK, a number with an 0800 prefix is a toll-free number.
      Add the prefix +34 to dial a Spanish number from abroad
    3. A title added to a person's number, such as Mr. or Dr.

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VerbEdit

prefix (third-person singular simple present prefixes, present participle prefixing, simple past and past participle prefixed)

  1. (transitive) To determine beforehand; to set in advance. [from 15thc.]
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter j, in Le Morte Darthur, book XXI:
      he took the Quene Gueneuer and sayd playnly that he wolde wedde hyr / whyche was his vnkyls wyf and his faders wyf / And soo he made redy for the feest / And a day prefyxt that they shold be wedded / wherfore quene Gweneuer was passyng huey / But she durst not dyscouer hyr herte
    • , I.40:
      But the danger was, that a man can hardly prefix any certaine limits unto his desire [].
  2. (transitive) To put or fix before, or at the beginning of something; to place at the start. [from 16thc.]

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EtymologyEdit

Latin praefixum

NounEdit

prefix m (plural prefixos)

  1. prefix

CzechEdit

NounEdit

prefix m

  1. prefix

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Further readingEdit

  • prefix in Kartotéka Novočeského lexikálního archivu
  • prefix in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

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Etymology 1Edit

From post-Classical Latin praefixum, nominal use of the neuter form of Classical Latin praefixus, past participle of praefīgō (I (fix, fasten, set up) in front”, “I fix on the (end, extremity)) — the noun directly thence, whereas the adjective via French préfixe.

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NounEdit

prefix n, m (plural prefixen, diminutive prefixje n)

  1. prefix
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Etymology 2Edit

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AdjectiveEdit

prefix (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) fixed, predetermined
InflectionEdit
Inflection of prefix
uninflected prefix
inflected prefixe
comparative
positive
predicative/adverbial prefix
indefinite m./f. sing. prefixe
n. sing. prefix
plural prefixe
definite prefixe
partitive prefix

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NounEdit

prefix m

  1. (grammar) prefix

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RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French préfixe.

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prefix n (plural prefixe)

  1. prefix

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