a prefix, occurring originally in loanwords from Latin, used with the meaning “again” or “again and again” to indicate repetition, or with the meaning “back” or “backward” to indicate withdrawal or backward motion: regenerate; refurbish; retype; retrace; revert.
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Origin of re-
Middle English < Latin re-, red-
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British Dictionary definitions for re-
indicating return to a previous condition, restoration, withdrawal, etcrebuild; renew; retrace; reunite
indicating repetition of an actionrecopy; remarry
Word Origin for re-
usage for re-
Verbs beginning with re- indicate repetition or restoration. It is unnecessary to add an adverb such as back or again : This must not occur again (not recur again); we recounted the votes (not recounted the votes again, which implies that the votes were counted three times, not twice)
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Medical definitions for re-
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