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Some Important Root Words for GRE Wordlist

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GRE  Root Words

We can define root word as a word that has a prefix, suffix, or both attached to it. Numbers of words are formed with a root or base word and a prefix. Some words also consist of a suffix. For example, the root word apt means fit. Attach the prefix ad and you have the word adapt means to fit (prefix ad means to). Now let’s attach the suffix able (meaning able to be) and you have adaptable.

Words prefix and suffix themselves good example of prefix and suffix. Pre ( before) and fix (fasten or attach) so Prefix is a word that attached to the beginning(before) of some other words. Suf is another alternative of sub means below or under. In this case I would say suffix is something that attaches to behind of the root or base. Common roots and prefixes (and a few suffixes) are useful tool to determine the meaning of unknown words almost immediately. (But do look them up in dictionary for confirmation)

Root             cent

Meaning       one hundred

Illustration    century: one hundred years

entennial: one hundredth anniversary

entipede: many-footed animal

Root              chron

Meaning        time

Illustration    chronic:  long lasting

anachronistic: out of date

chronology :timetable of events

Root              Bio

Meaning        life

Illustration     biogenetic: development of life from life that exists

biogeny: development of life

biology: study of living things

Root               Alter

Meaning        other

Illustration      alternate: that exchange with something else

alternatively: one after other at regular interval

Root                Cur

Meaning          to care

Illustration     curator: person who has the care of something

sinecure: position without responsibility

secure: safe.

Root                Fid

Meaning         belief, faith

Illustration    fidelity: faithful

confide: to put faith

Root                Fin

Meaning          end limit

Illustration     confine: keep within limits

finite: having definite limits

Learn more on Root: http://learnwordlist.com/blog/word-formation-1/2010/06/gre-word-list-test-blog-barrons-vocabulary

Some words e.g. iPhone, iTunes ( I from internet)  ,e-commerce, e-learning ( e from electronic) these words are formed by  using abbreviated forms of words. These abbreviated forms can not be count as prefix regardless they are attach to the front of root word.

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9 Responses to “Some Important Root Words for GRE Wordlist”

  1. ObaidBaloch on October 31st, 2010 5:12 am

    Hi!it is a great effort to make the people trained.if the procedure of this can b more n detail with examples it wil b more attractive to visit

  2. shipra on November 2nd, 2010 4:13 am

    Thanks for your comment ObaidBaloch ,Problem is this we can not put all things in one blog , but surely we will come up more on this in our upcoming blogs.

  3. morteza on November 28th, 2010 8:25 am

    I thanks a lot from your useful web site for impproving of my english but there is a problem that i want to know from where ihave to start and how i coud go to program and follow it

  4. shipra on November 30th, 2010 4:35 am

    Thanks for your comment morteza,you can start with reading vocabulary in following link :http://learnwordlist.com/grevocabulary/ followed by taking test http://learnwordlist.com/word-list-quiz.html

  5. wardah on December 4th, 2010 2:18 pm

    hi! after skimming through lot of other websites for GRE prep ,i think this is the best. makes me feel that i also can succeed at GRE.Thank you so much. please introduce some more root words along with a ilttle more explanation.

  6. shipra on December 7th, 2010 5:53 am

    Thanks for your comment wardah, kindly keep visting us…

  7. Mostafiz on December 29th, 2010 3:37 pm

    how can we get these more and more.
    very excellent.

  8. Abhijeet on January 25th, 2011 3:03 pm

    Great going Shipra. These are nice words but a little bit higher level words or difficult words would be better. Please display some words which would be beneficial for GRE. But these are useful too. Thanks.

  9. shipra on January 27th, 2011 4:27 am

    Thanks Abhijeet, sure, stay tuned for our upcoming post..

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