a combining form meaning “distant,” especially “transmission over a distance,” used in the formation of compound words: telegraph.
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
Origin of tele-1
combining form representing Greek têle far, akin to télos end (see tele-2)
Definition for tele- (2 of 2)
a combining form meaning “end,” “complete,” used in the formation of compound words: telestich.
Origin of tele-2
combining form representing Greek télos end, and téleios perfected; akin to teleîn to fulfill
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British Dictionary definitions for tele-
before a vowel tel-
at or over a distance; distanttelescope; telegony; telekinesis; telemeter
by means of or via telephone or television
Word Origin for tele-
from Greek tele far
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Medicine definitions for tele-
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Science definitions for tele-
A prefix that means at a distance, as in telemetry.
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