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 History of this Word

"circum" (around), spoken by ancient people in central Italy around 700 B.C.


In this sense, "circum" is a word added to another word to make a new word.

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grammar is modifier

"circum-" is a type of prefix


A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "around" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

circum- illustration Here's a thought to circumvent any future problems.
circum- illustration When considering your special circumstances, the Financial Aid Office takes into account the availability of funds.