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Root Words

Knowing and understanding the root of a word can help you understand and remember it better.  This is especially true when you encounter a difficult word.  

As an example, the root of the word final is fin.  Fin means ends.  Therefore, you can figure out that the word final means the last or end of something.

 

If you know that the root word of gastritis is gast, which means stomach; you will be able to figure out that gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach.

 

Study the root words and their meanings below.  Then complete the exercises to help you better understand Root Words.

 

ag, act [do, move]
bibl [book]
cise [cut]
dem [people]
equi [equal]
fer [bear, carry]
gen [birth, produce]
hetero [different]
ject [throw]
luc, lum [light]
mar [sea, pool]
nov [new]
ortho [straight]
patr [father]
rupt [break]
scope [see, watch]
tele [far]
vid, vis [see]
zo [animal]

 

Incisors are teeth that cut or tear you food.  What is the root word of incisors?
 
Zoology is the study of animal life.  What is the root word of zoology?
 
Equilibrium is a state of balance.  What is the root word of equilibrium?
 
Marine means related to the sea.  What is the root word of marine?
 
Agitate means to cause to do something.  What is the root word of agitate?
 
An innovation is something newly introduced.  What is the root word of innovation?
 
Heterogeneous means different in birth or kind.  What is the root word of heterogeneous?
 
A telescope is used to look far.  What is the root word of telescope?
 
A bibliophile is a book lover.  What is the root word of bibliophile?
 
Translucent means letting light come through.  What is the root word of translucent?
 
A patriarch is the father of the family.  What is the root word of patriarch?
 
To supervise means to oversee or watch over.  What is the root word of supervise?
 
A conifer is a cone-bearing tree.  What is the root word of conifer?
 
An epidemic occurs on or among the people.  What is the root word of epidemic.
 
A rupture is a break.  What is the root word of rupture?
 
An orthodontist is someone who straightens teeth.  What is the root word of orthodontist?
 
To eject means to throw out.  What is the root word of eject?
 
Congenital means existing at birth.  What is the root word of congenital?
 
A kaleidoscope is an instrument for viewing beautiful forms.  What is the root word of kaleidoscope?

 

 

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