a prefix occurring before stems beginning with a vowel or h in loanwords from Greek, where it means “not,” “without,” “lacking” (anarchy; anecdote); used in the formation of compound words: anelectric.
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Question 1 of 7
Also before a consonant, a-.
Words nearby an-
Definition for an- (2 of 3)
variant of ad- before n: announce.
Definition for an- (3 of 3)
variant of ana- before a vowel: anion.
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British Dictionary definitions for an-
before a consonant a-
Word Origin for an-
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Medical definitions for an-
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.