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[I] [J] [K]
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A- 1Definition: A, as a prefix to English
words, is derived from various
sources. It frequently
signifies on or in (from an, a
forms of AS. on), denoting a state, as in afoot, on foot, abed, amiss, asleep, aground, aloft, away (AS.
onweg), and analogically, ablaze,
atremble, etc. AS. of off, from, as in adown (AS.
ofd/ne off the dun or hill). AS. a- (Goth. us-, ur-,
Ger. er-), usually giving an intensive force, and sometimes the sense of away, on, back, as in arise, abide, ago. Old English y- or i- (corrupted from the AS. inseparable particle
ge-, cognate with
OHG. ga-, gi-, Goth.
ga-), which, as a prefix, made no essential addition to the meaning, as in
aware. French a (L.
ad to), as in abase, achieve. L. a, ab,
abs, from, as in avert. Greek
insep. prefix without, or privative, not, as in abyss, atheist; akin to E.