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GRE VOCABULARY - List of Common Suffixes

The following list of Prefixes should help you arrive at the definitions of unfamiliar words on the Verbal Section of the GRE. These prefixes, suffixes, and roots apply to thousands of words.

Suffix Meaning Example
-able, -ible able to usable
-er, -or one who does competitor
-ism the practice of rationalism
-ist one who is occupied with feminist
-less into instruct
mono- alone, one monolith
epi- upon epilogue
mis- wrong mistake
sub- under submarine
trans- across, beyond transcend
over- above overbearing
ad- to, toward advance
non- not nonentity
com- together, with composite
re- back, again regress
ex- out of expel
in- not insufficient
pro- forward propel
anti- against antidote
omni- all, everywhere omniscient
equi- equal, equally equivalent
homo- same, equal, like homogenized
semi- half, partly semicircle
un- not unneeded
bi- two bicycle
poly- many polymorphous
retro- backward retrograde
mal- bad malfunction
hyper- over, too much hyperactive
hypo- under, too little hypodermic
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