80 Examples of Prefixes and Suffixes, Definition and Example Sentences

80 Examples of Prefixes and Suffixes, Definition and Example Sentences

Prefixes and suffixes can be confusing for ESL students. This blog post will provide 80 examples of prefixes and suffixes, their definition, and example sentences. By understanding these concepts, students will be able to form more complex words in English. Let’s get started!

List of Suffixes in English

Here are some common Suffixes in English:

Suffixes Meaning Example
-able, -ible capable of being  abominable
-acy state or quality  delicacy
-al act or process of  rebuttal
-al pertaining to  emotional
-ance, -ence state or quality  assurance
-ate become  enunciate
-dom state of being  boredom
-en become  strengthen
-er, -or one who  the narrator
-esque reminiscent of  burlesque
-ful notable for  woeful
-ic, -ical pertaining to  domestic
-ify, -fy make or become  rectify
-ious, -ous characterized by  studious
-ish having the quality of  snobbish
-ism doctrine, belief  skepticism
-ist one who  plagiarist
-ity, -ty quality of  parity
-ive having the nature of  divisive
-ize, -ise* become  socialize
-less without  lawless
-ly in what manner something is being done  honestly
-ment condition of  punishment
-ness state of being  rudeness
-ship position held  kinship
-sion, -tion state of being  abbreviation
-ward in a certain direction  awkward
-wise in relation to  lengthwise
-y characterized by  greasy

List Of Prefixes in English

Here are some common Prefixes in English:

Prefix Meaning Example
endo internal endocrine
Un- Not Unfriendly
em-, en- cause to, put into encode
Under- Under Understand
ethno race, nation ethnography
re- again return
dia through, across diameter
extra- beyond, more than extraordinary
a not, without abyss
ambi both Ambidextrous
homo- same homonuclear
Pre- Before Prefix
de- off, down, away from defrost
be about, become befriend
inter-, intra- between intermediate
Over- Over Overlook
co- with co-pilot
post- after post-mortem
deca ten decathlon
In-, im-, il-, ir- Not Injustice
at to, toward attend
anti- against, opposing antidepressant
Im- İn Imbalance
bene good benevolent
macro- large macroeconomics
ante before Antecedent
hyper- over, above hyperactive
En- Cause to Encode
tri- three triangle
ante- before antenatal
il-, im-, in-, ir- not illegal
dys bad, abnormal dysfunction
Sub- Under Subeditor
para- beside paramedic
counter opposite counterclockwise
Prefix Meaning Example
equi equal equidistant
ex- former, out of ex-boyfriend
ab from, away Abnormal
mono- one, singular monobrow
co with, together coexist
therm- heat thermometer
en to cause, provide enable
contra against contradict
omni- all, every omnivore
Em- Cause to Embrace
sub- under submarine
arch chief, most important Archangel
In- İn Infield
im-, in- into insert
auto self automobile
pre- before prefix
demi half Demigod
a at, in, on, to asleep
infra- beneath, below infrared
mid- middle midway
bi two, twice Biannual
Fore- Before Forecast
ad to, toward, near Adjacent
non- not, without nonsense
con with, jointly concur
circum- around circumvent
mis- wrongly misinterpret
epi- upon, close to, after episcope
semi- half semi-final
di two divert