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 History of this Word

"al" is from "alis" spoken by ancient people in central Italy around 700 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, this is a word added to the end of another word to make a new word. The initial word may change slightly so the resulting word will sound better with the added ending.

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"-al" is a type of suffix

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Meaning 1

Definition

A word ending used to form nouns from verbs. Indicates the action of the verb. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-al illustration The wastes are best stored in specially engineered cooling pools for several decades prior to disposal.
-al illustration The best way to get approval is not to need it.