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 History of this Word

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


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

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grammar is modifier

"semi-" is a type of prefix


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

Examples of how the word is used

semi- illustration Find the center of the semicircle.
semi- illustration Student is one of seven high school students named semifinalists in the Science Talent Search.