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Prefix Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    prefix n : an affix that added in front of the word v : attach a prefix to; "prefixed words" [ant: suffix]
Prefix Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Prefix \Pre*fix"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prefixed; p. pr. & vb. n. Prefixing.] [L. praefixus, p. p. of praefigere to fix or fasten before; prae before + figere to fix: cf. F. pr['e]fix fixed beforehand, determined, pr['e]fixer to prefix. See Fix.]
  1. To put or fix before, or at the beginning of, another thing; as, to prefix a syllable to a word, or a condition to an agreement.
  2. To set or appoint beforehand; to settle or establish antecedently. [Obs.] `` Prefixed bounds. '' --Locke. And now he hath to her prefixt a day. --Spenser.
Prefix Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Prefix \Pre"fix\, n. [Cf. F. pr['e]fixe.] That which is prefixed; esp., one or more letters or syllables combined or united with the beginning of a word to modify its signification; as, pre- in prefix, con- in conjure.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Prefix'

A prefix is an affix which is placed before the stem of a word. Particularly in the study of Semitic languages, a prefix is called a preformative, because it alters the form of the words to which it is affixed.

Examples of prefixes:

The word prefix is itself made up of the stem fix (meaning attach, in this case), and the prefix pre- (meaning "before"), both of which are derived from Latin roots.

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