prefix to

prefix (something) to (something else)

To attach a particular prefix to the beginning of a word. Confusingly, prefixing "in-" to "flammable" doesn't create a negative, which is what you would normally expect. You need to prefix something to it if you want to change it from a noun to a verb.
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prefix something to something

to place something at the beginning of a word or part of a word. If you prefix a re- to some verbs, you get an entirely different meaning. You can't prefix anything to some verbs.
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We urge everyone to stay alert and report any suspected fraudulent calls to the Police, irrespective of whether a '+' sign is displayed as a prefix to the calling numbers.
Data from the PWA were used to determine if participants demonstrated that adding a prefix to a root word altered the meaning of the root word.
In Layer-3, we choose certain bits in IP prefix to cut rulesets.
Thus, in (46a), the subminimal, monosyllabic nouns /go/ acquire an epenthetic i- prefix to produce the required two syllables: (20)
Furthermore, these gaps do not form any regular pattern and the percentages indicating the low degree of prefixation in particular cells of the listed paradigms considerably differ, disproving the prefix to be obligatory.
According to Testen, this syllabification of [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] after a vowelless prefix to [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] before the stem vowel [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] reflects the original situation in Semitic.
In the case of foods naturally low in energy, the term "naturally" may be used as a prefix to this claim.
Arkansas Children's Hospital's telephone lines have been converted from the "320" prefix to "364.
In practice, what this procedure means is that routers use and announce a single route for each prefix to their peers, whether via BGP for those in other ASs or via IBGP for those in the same AS.
Coventry's 01203 code was switched off on August 19, to be replaced by the 024 code and the 76 prefix to the existing six digit number.
Now we expand the new prefix to be added and scan the array elements in the node that it affects.
The Catholic school has worked out a deal with Pacific Bell to transfer its existing prefix to a less sinister ``422'' prefix.
From (k-2)-bit added prefix to 1-bit added prefix can be applied in the same way without loss of generality.
Again this creates a heavy syllable coda at the end of the foot containing the pronominal prefix, whereas in BGW the sequential prefix occurs in its full form -weleng-, leaving the foot containing the pronominal prefix to end in an open syllable (2b).