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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.
See also: prefix, to
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However, having experience with collecting prefixed verbs from several sources, including available corpora, I am confident that no new semantic type would appear in a more extensive database.
Gallant extends the notion of prefix-base compatibility from prefixed aspectual partners to lexical derivatives.
However, as I have pointed out ("On the Prefixed Preterite in Biblical Hebrew," Hebrew Studies 29 [1988]: 12-14), and as Sivan himself admits (pp.
When one takes this together with the fact that final-aleph prefixed verb forms support the traditional view that there is only one prefixed verb form in Ugaritic - the narrative tense is written with u (yiqtalu) and not i (yiqtal), which is reserved for the jussive alone - one may conclude that the theory of two prefixed forms of the verb is too uncertain for Sivan to have adopted in what is otherwise an authoritative survey of Ugaritic grammar.
However, now we are a little older and since the Iraq war, we live our lives in accordance with the game "Tony says" in which we will never do anything if we hear it is prefixed with the words "Tony (Blair) says".
For example, one definition for the prefix en- is "to make." If this prefix were added to the root word large, the student could determine that a possible definition for the prefixed word enlarge is "to make big."
There are a number of twentieth-century studies dedicated to prefixes, prefixed verbs, and their aspectuality.
A humorous pseudoantonym in which the base and the prefixed word are not synonyms but which nevertheless bear an apt semantic relationship is TIRED ~ RETIRED.
Diagnostics for prosodic words revisited: The case of historically prefixed words in English.
The number of different, sometimes contradictory, statements on the formal circumstances of the use of the pre-verbal i- in Middle English shows that establishing the real morphological status of the prefix on the basis of purely formal traits of the prefixed verbs is problematic.
In Southern Ndebele (like Zulu) yi is prefixed to nouns in class 9 as identificative copulative particle to both mono- and polysyllabic noun roots, thus:
Tickets will initially go on sale only to the club's longest-serving season ticket holders, whose patrons numbers are prefixed with the letters S or T.
The consonants in Hebrew and Ugaritic differ from those of the other West Semitic languages in the 3fp, which has prefixed [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], as opposed to [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] in Arabic, Ge'ez, and Syriac.
IMAGE-CONSCIOUS drivers are forking out millions of pounds on the last ever series of prefixed number plates.