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 History of this Word

History of "de" is uncertain.

Notes

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

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grammar is modifier

"de-" is a type of prefix

Definition

A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "away from" or "down from" modifies the word. Or indicates the "reverse" or "negative". Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

de- illustration We squint in the darkness to read, "Detour, One Mile."
de- illustration Countries devalue their currencies only when they have no other way to correct past economic mistakes.