Common Roots

Common Roots

See also

Prefixes, Suffixes.

Root Meaning Examples
anthro man anthropology
aqua water aquatic, aquarium
arch ruler monarch, anarchy
astro star astronomy, astronaut
bene good beneficial, benevolent
bibl book bibliography
bio life biology, biography
cap, cep, ceive take capture, accept, receive
chrom color chromatic, monochrome
chron time chronology, sychronize
circum around circumference
clud, clus close include, seclusion
corp body corpse, corporation
cred believe credible, credence
cycl round unicycle, encyclopedia
demo people democracy, demographics
dict say dictionary, predict
dom home domestic, domicile
duc lead deduction, introduce
fact, fect make manufacture, effect
fer carry transfer, inference
flect, flex bend reflect, flexible
fort strong fortress, effort
frac, frag break fragment, fracture
frat brother fraternity
gen birth, race generation, genetic
geo earth geography, geode
gram, graph write telegram, photography
gress move progress, aggressive
leg law legal, legitimate
ject throw eject, rejection
log study, word zoology, sociology
luc light lucid, translucent
mal bad malcontent, malicious
manu, mani hand manual, manipulate
mar sea maritime, submarine
mater, matri mother maternal
med middle intermediate, medium
mega great megaphone, megabytes
min tiny, small miniature, minute
mit, miss send transmit, mission
mort death mortal, mortuary
nas, nat born nascent, natural
neuro nerve neurology, neurosis
nom name nominate, nomenclature
path feeling, pain sympathy, pathologist
pater, patri father patriarch, paternity
ped, pod foot pedicure, tripod
phil love philosophy, bibliophile
phon sound telephone, phonology
photo light photon, photograph
poli city politics, metropolitan
port carry transport, portable
pos place position, posture
psych mind psychiatrist, psychology
rect, reg rule, right rectify, regulate
scope see telescope, microscope
scrib, scrip write describe, prescription
spec look retrospect, inspection
struc build structure, construction
tact touch contact, tactile
tain, ten hold maintenance, contain
tele distant telegraph, telepathy
temp time temporal, contemporary
tend, tens stretch extend, tension
therm heat thermometer
trans across transcontinental, transit
vac empty vacuum, evacuate
ven come convention, intervene
ver true verify, veracity
vert, vers turn convert, reverse
voc, vok voice, call vocal, invoke