lex, leg

      • col + lege
      • Yolanda is going to college to become a lawyer.

 (noun): a school for higher learning, a group of people having a common purpose

    • college


  • legal (adjective, noun): based on law; conforms to law
    • leg + al
    • Jared is working as a legal secretary for two lawyers in New York
    • Is it legal to own fireworks in Massachusetts or is there a law against them?
  • league(noun): a group of people, an association
    • leag + ue
    • There are fifty people participating in the bowling league.


      • col + lect
      • The little girl collected wildflowers for her mother.

(verb): to gather, to bring together

    • collect


  • legible(noun): readible, clear enough to read
    • leg + ible
    • His handwriting is quite legible.
  • eligible (adjective): qualified, worthy to be chosen
    • e + lig + ible
    • Now that Geoffrey is eighteen he is eligible to vote.


      • loc + al + ly
      • The vegetables are grown locally.

 (adverb): nearby, relative to a certain area

    • locally



      • log + ic
      • Simone is taking a class in logic and she is learning about how to reason.

 (noun): the study of reason

    • logic



      • trans + luc + ent
      • The sheet of paper is translucent when held close to a lightbulb.

(adjective): allowing some light to shine through

    • translucent


  • illuminate(verb): to provide with light, to make lighter, to make clear
    • il + lum + in + ate
    • The lamp illuminates the room.
  • illustrate(verb): to explain by using pictorial examples, to show by using visual examples
    • il + lustr + ate
    • Christopher illustrated his idea on piece of paper for everyone to see.



      • man + age + ment
      • This store is under new management.

(noun): the act of handling or running something, usually a business.

    • management



      • com + mem + or + ate
      • The American Revolution is commemorated every Fourth of July.

(verb): to remember an important event through ceremony or observation

    • commemorate


  • memory(noun): the ability to recall past events
    • mem + or + y
    • Geanine has an excellent memory and she can recall things that happened years ago.


  • mental(adjective): related to the mind
    • ment + al
    • Lauren’s mental abilities must be quite good if she achieved a perfect score without even studying.
  • mention(verb): to cite, to speak about, to refer to
    • ment + ion
    • The instructor forgot to mention that the class was cancelled.


  • minor(adjective): lesser, less important
    • min + or
    • The knife slipped and Marcelle received a minor cut.
  • minute(adjective, noun): tiny, very small; sixty seconds
    • min + ute
    • Even though the speck of dirt on the camera lens was minute, it ruined the photograph.
    • Terry will be finished in one minute.
  • minuscule(adjective): very small
    • minusc + ule
    • The minuscule gem was very hard to see without magnifying glasses.

mit, miss

      • ad + mit
      • I must admit that even though you didn’t like the movie I did.

(verb): to accept, to confess, to allow entry

    • admit


  • missive (noun): a letter to be sent
    • miss + ive
    • Missives were more common one hundred years ago. Today, people use the telephone.

mob, mov, mot

      • re + move
      • The waiter removed the dirty dishes from the table.

(verb): to take off or to take away

    • remove


  • mobile(adjective): able to move
    • mob + ile
    • Many people drive their mobile homes from North to South, following the warm weather.
  • motion(noun): act of moving, action
    • mot + ion
    • Many people find the motion of a rocking chair soothing.


nasc, nat, gnant, nai

      • nat +ive
      • Turkeys are native to North America.

(adjective): belonging to a place by birth, indigenous

    • native


  • nascent (adjective): just born
    • nasc + ent
    • The nascent kittens curled up with their mother.
  • pregnant (adjective): having a child developing in the womb, “with child”
    • pre + gn +ent
    • Linda’s dog is pregnant and it will have its puppies in November.
  • naive (adjective): lack of experience, not knowledgeable of the world
    • nai + ve
    • When Olivia went to New York ten year’s ago she was naive, but now she is a well-seasoned traveler.


      • nomin + ate
      • Vittorio nominated Mary for class president.

(verb): to name for office

    • nominate


  • synonym (noun): a word with a similar meaning to another word in the same language
    • syn + onym
    • The word “fair” is a synonym for the word “just.”


      • novel + ty
      • After six months the novelty of Pierre’s new car is starting to wear off.

(noun): something new

    • novelty


  • novice (noun): a newcomer, a beginner, someone new to something
    • nov + ice
    • Bjorn is a novice when it comes to playing poker or other card games.



      • oper + ate
      • People are advised not to operate heavy machinery after drinking alcohol.

(verb): to work, to perform

    • operate


  • opus (noun): a musical composition
    • opus
    • Vivaldi’s opus number three is not as well known as is other compositions.



      • pati + ent
      • Josiah was patient as he waited in line for concert tickets.
      • Amelia has been a patient of Dr. Gustaf’s for ten years.

(adjective, noun): calm, bearing pain without complaint; a person under medical care

    • patient


  • passion (noun): a strong feeling or emotion
    • pass + ion
    • Barbara has a passion for motorcycle racing.
  • sympathy (noun): sharing another person’s feelings, the ability to feel for another person’s suffering
    • sym + path + y
    • Ching-wei expressed his deepest sympathy when hearing of Mrs. Martin’s death.
  • pathology (noun): the study of diseases
    • patho + log + y
    • Blaise is studying pathology because he wants to learn about diseases.


      • im + pede
      • The shackles and chains impeded the prisoner’s escape.

(verb): to hinder, to slow down

    • impede


  • pedestal (noun): a support for a column or other structure, a base for something
    • pedest + al
    • Johannes put the vase on a pedestal.
  • pedestrian (noun): a person walking
    • pedestr + ian
    • As soon as the cars stopped, the pedestrians crossed the street.


  • podium (noun): a platform, an area raised above the surrounding ground, a place at which to speak in front of an audience
    • pod + ium
    • The professor walked up to the podium and spoke into the microphone.


      • re + pel
      • Does Margo’s new jacket repel water?

(verb): to drive away or push back

    • repel


  • pulse (noun): the regular action of blood through arteries
    • pulse
    • The nurse felt for the patient’s pulse in his neck.

pend, pond

  • suspend(noun): to hang from, to interrupt, to stop
    • sus + pend
    • The light was turned on by a string suspended from the light fixture.
  • ponder(verb): to think about, to weigh in one’s mind
    • pond + er
    • Levi pondered the possibility of going to medical school.

phan, fan

      • phan + tom
      • The children told horror stories about phantoms and ghosts.

(noun): something seen but having no physical existence, a ghost.

    • phantom


  • fantasy(noun): a creation of the imagination that cannot be real, a daydream
    • fantas + y
    • When Miguel was a child he had a fantasy about being a doctor on the planet Jupiter.


      • philo+ soph + er
      • Plato wrote about the Greek philosopher Socrates.

 (noun): a person who seeks (loves) wisdom

    • philosopher



      • phonet + ic
      • The phonetic alphabet is useful when studying languages or linguistics.

(adjective) relating to speech sounds

    • phonetic



      • de + pict
      • In the movie the character was depicted as evil.

 (verb): to portray, to represent

    • depict



      • im + port
      • Fyodor imports caviar and other products from Russia.

 (verb): to bring in from a foreign country

    • import


  • portage (noun) the labor of carrying boats across land
    • port + age
    • Bill said that he had a five mile portage on his last canoe trip.

pli, ply

      • re + ply
      • Did Marco reply to Emily’s invitation?
      • Lynn received a negative reply from her parents and she will not be going to the party.

(verb, noun): to respond, to answer; a response

    • reply


  • implicate (verb): to involve, to incriminate
    • im + plic + ate
    • The thief was implicated in three burglaries.
  • ply (noun): a layer
    • ply
    • Two ply tissue paper is stronger than one ply.

pon, pos

      • posit + ion
      • What position does Ian hold at his mother’s company?

(noun): a place occupied by something

    • position


  • postpone (verb): to put off to a later time
    • post + pone
    • The baseball game was postponed because of the storm.
  • posture (noun) the position of a body
    • post + ure
    • Denise has terrific posture — her back is straight and strong.


      • psycho + log + y
      • Lynette studies psychology because she is interested in how people think and feel.

(noun): study of how the mind works

    • psychology




      • in + quire
      • Debbie inquired about employment opportunities at the factory.

(verb): to ask about

    • inquire


  • exquisite (adjective): carefully selected, marked by beauty
    • ex + quis + ite
    • Everyone noticed the exquisite diamond Toni was wearing.
  • quest (noun): a search, the act of seeking
    • quest
    • At four in the morning Quincy went out on a quest for ice cream.
  • query (verb, noun): to ask questions, a question
    • query
    • The lawyer queried the witness.
    • I have a
    • query about the origins of the English language.



      • cor + rupt
      • The politician was corrupted by power and money.
      • The corrupt judge was arrested for accepting a bribe.

(verb, adjective): to change from good to bad

    • corrupt


  • rupture (verb): to break or burst
    • rupt + ure
    • The water bed ruptured and the water flowed onto the floor.
  • interrupt (verb): to stop, to break in (usually with questions)
    • inter + rupt
    • It’s impolite to interrupt someone while they are speaking.



      • con + sci + ous
      • Gerturde was conscious of everything even though she appeared asleep.

(adjective): aware, having knowledge of oneself

    • conscious


  • science (noun): a system of knowledge
    • sci + ence
    • Claire enjoys science, especially biology.

scrib, scrip

  • scribble (verb): to write quickly or carelessly
    • scribb + le
    • He scribbled a note in his notebook.
  • script(noun): handwriting, something written
    • script
    • Sometimes her script is hard to read.
  • describe(verb): to say what something is like
    • de + scribe
    • The scientist described his experiment to the class.

sent, sens

  • sensation(noun): ability to feel due to stimulation
    • sens + at + ion
    • Jamal felt a tingling sensation in his arm after he hit his elbow on the table.
  • sentimental(adjective): marked by feeling or emotion
    • senti + ment +al
    • Lauren has a sentimental attachment to that quilt because her great grandmother made it.


      • sequ + ence
      • The sequence of events were as follows: first we had dinner, then we went to the movies, and then we went fo ice cream.

(noun): a continuous series

    • sequence


  • consecutive (adjective): following in an unbroken order
    • con + secut + ive
    • Terri was elected team captain three consecutive years in a row.
  • ensue (verb): to happen afterward
    • en + sue
    • After a disagreement in the restaurant, a fight ensued in the parking lot.

soci solv, solu

  • society


  • solitary
  • isolate (verb): to separate from others, to place something by itself
    • i +
    • The sick cat was isolated from the other animals.

 sol + uble

  • solve
  • absolute (adjective): complete, unrestricted, perfect
    • The babysitter has absolute authority over the children while their parents are away.
  • soluble (adjective): able to disperse in liquid
    • Sugar is soluble in water.

spec, spi spicic + ious

  • spectator
  • despise (verb): to hate, tolook down on
    • Marguerite despises people who are cruel to animals.
  • auspicicious (adjective): favorable
    • au +
    • The thousand dollar donation made for an auspicious beginning.
  • espionage (noun): using spies or observers
    • e + spion + age
    • Espionage is often depicted in mystery movies and novels.

spir stab, stat

  • respiration
  • inspire (verb): to stimulate, to fill with a feeling or desire
    • Students are often inspired by their teachers.

 sta + nce

  • stature
  • establish (verb): to found, to start, to make firm
    • e +
    • Southampton College was established in 1963.
  • stance (noun): a way of standing, a position, an attitude
    • A person’s stance is very important in the games of golf and baseball.

strain, strict string + ent

  • restrain
  • constrict (verb): to squeeze, to make narrow
    • Marvin felt constricted by the suit and tie he wore to the meeting.
  • stringent (adjective): strict, tight, severe
    • There are stringent rules and regulations one must follow when operating a child care center.
  • prestige (noun): respect for a person or a thing
    • pre + stige
    • There is a lot of prestige associated with occupying a political position.

stru, stroy ob + struct

  • destroy
  • misconstrue (verb): to interpret, analyse, or understand something incorrectly; misunderstand
    • Do not misconstrue his actions to mean he likes you — being pleasant to customers is part of his job.
  • obstruct (verb): to block, prevent, hinder
    • The fallen tree obstructed the roadway and blocked traffic for hours.


tact, tang con + tig + uous

  • tactilely
  • tangible (adjective): able to be perceived by touch, physically real
    • Many people want tangible proof of something before they believe it to be true.
  • contiguous (adjective): touching, next in a sequence
    • The United States has forty-eight contiguous states.
  • contingent (adjective): possible, dependent on something else
    • con + ting + ent
    • Armand’s move to a new apartment is contingent on his getting a raise.

tend, tens tain, ten

  • extensive
  • contend (verb): to strive or reach for, to argue
    • The two fighters contended for the heavy-weight championship title.

 con + tent

  • retain
  • continue (verb): to keep going, to remain
    • The movie is scheduled to continue until midnight.
  • content (noun, adjective): something contained, held; satisfied
    • I can’t tell what the content of this can is until I open it.
  • tenacious (adjective): holding or sticking to something
    • ten + ac + ious
    • Kareem is tenacious and he will stick with a subject until he understands it.

term terr

  • exterminate
  • terminal (adjective): relating to an end
    • Margot has been diagnosed with a terminal disease and has been given only six months to live.


  • territory
  • terrain (noun): the physical features of an area
    • There is some very rough terrain in the White Mountain area of New Hampshire.


  • attest
  • testify (verb): to make a statement based on personal knowledge
    • The witness testified at the trial.


  • thermometer
  • thermal (adjective): relating to the presence of heat
    • Lisa bought some thermal underwear to take with her when she goes skiing.

con + tort

  • torment
  • torsion (noun): twisting of a body or an organ by an external force along an axis
    • The torsion of the bolt will help release the wheel.
  • contort (verb): to twist into an abnormal shape
    • The actor contorted her face into an evil grin and scared the audience.

tract, trai treat + y

  • attract
  • train (verb): to teach or to cause to do something
    • Yvette trained her dog to perform tricks.
  • treaty (noun): a formal agreement
    • The rebels and the new government signed a treaty calling for peace.


uni V

  • unite
  • unison (noun): at the same time, at the same pitch
    • The two singers sang in unison.


vac ven, vent

  • vacant
  • vacuum (noun): empty space, isolation from outside influence
    • Some people seem to live in a vacuum and they have no knowledge of current events.

pre + vent

  • convene
  • invent (verb): to create through thought or imagination
    • Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone and other devices.
  • prevent (verb): to act ahead of, to keep from happening
    • Lamont prevented a disastrous fire by calling the fire department the moment he smelled smoke.

ver verb, verv

  • verify
  • veracity (noun): truthfulness, accuracy
    • Daphne is known for her veracity and honesty.

vers, vert:

  • verbalize
  • verve (noun): enthusiasm
    • The cheerleaders showed verve and school spirit at the football game.

vid, vis

  • versatile
  • revert(verb): to go back, to return (to an original state)
    • The land slowly reverted to a wild state after it was abandoned.

vis + ible

  • video
  • review (verb): to look at again, to re-examine
    • Marsha reviewed for the test by re-reading her class notes.
  • visible (adjective): able to be seen
    • Sometimes the moon is visible during the day.
  • indivisible(adjective, noun): cannot be separated
    • in + di + vis + ible
    • The Pledge of Allegiance mentions that the United States is an indivisible nation.

vit, viv voc, voke

  • vital
  • revive (verb): to return to life
    • After spending a day in the sun, I was revived by a glass of water.

volv, vol

  • vocal
  • revoke (verb): to call back, to withdraw
    • Karl’s license was revoked because he was caught driving 20 miles over the speed limit.

e + vol + ut + ion

  • revolve
  • revolt (verb): to rebel, to turn against, to feel disgust
    • It was the peasants who revolted during the French Revolution.
    • Cooked carrots revolt some people.
  • evolution (noun): the process by which something develops
    • Darwin and other natural scientists have developed theories of evolution.

 (verb): to turn around

  • re + volve
  • The earth revolves around the sun.

 (adjective): uttered by the voice, producing sound

  • voc + al
  • Parrots are known to be very vocal birds.

 (adjective): necessary for life

  • vit + al
  • The cancer had not yet spread to her vital organs and she was given an excellent chance for a full recovery.

 (noun): television or recorded movies

  • vid + eo
  • Patricia rented a video and watched it on her television.

(adjective): capable of changing or adapting, useful

  • vers + at + ile
  • When used correctly, a computer can be a versatile tool.

 (verb): to express in words, to put into words

  • verb + al + ize
  • Sometimes it is difficult to verbalize one’s feelings.

 (verb): to confirm that something is true

  • ver + ify
  • The police officer verified Arthur’s identity by asking for his driver’s license.

 (verb): to assemble, to come together

  • con + vene
  • The meeting convened at 2:00 p.m. and lasted until 5:00 p.m.

 (adjective): empty, not occupied, free

  • vac + ant
  • The hotel has only one vacant room left.

 (verb) to make one, to join together

  • unite
  • The two small companies united and became one large business.

(verb): to draw toward, to arouse interest

  • at + tract
  • The spilled sugar attracted flies and ants.

 (noun, verb): agony, pain; to cause recurring pain

  • tor + ment
  • The torment Jean’s nightmares caused made him seek professional help.
  • The guards tormented the prisoners.

 (noun) a device for measuring heat

  • thermo + meter
  • I took my temperature with a thermometer.

(verb): to provide proof, to say something is true

  • at + test
  • Malcolm can attest to Shiela’s honesty since he has known her for ten years.

 (noun): area of land

  • territ + ory
  • This area is considered to be Canadian territory.

 (verb): to kill off, to get rid of

  • ex + term + in + ate
  • The Schaeffer’s hired a company to exterminate the cockroaches living in their house.

 (verb): to keep, to hold in place

  • re + tain
  • Blanche retained her Alaskan residence since she will return there when she is finished with school.

 (adjective): large in area, wide

  • ex + tens + ive
  • There are extensive farm fields located in the plain states.

 (adverb): related to the sense of touch

  • tact + ile + + ly
  • Some people are tactilely oriented while others are visually oriented.

 (verb): to ruin, to pull down

  • de + stroy
  • The house was destroyed by the fire.

 (verb): to hold back, to prevent from doing

  • re + strain
  • The dog was restrained by the trainer’s grip on its leash.

 (noun): height of a body, importance of position

  • stat + ure
  • I’m reluctant to say she was short, but she was of rather small stature.

 (noun): breathing

  • re + spir + at + ion
  • Respiration becomes increasingly difficult the higher one climbs.

 (noun): a person who watches or observes

  • spect + at + or
  • There were over a thousand spectators at the local baseball game.

(verb): to find an answer

  • solve
  • The professor asked the student to solve the problem and show her answer on the board.

(adjective): being alone

  • solit + ary
  • There was a solitary bather on the beach.

(noun): community, the relationship among individuals living or working in a common area, companionship

  • societ + y
  • Sometimes what is best for a society is not always good for an individual living in that society.

(adjective): to lie next to

  • ad + jac + ent
  • You won’t have a long walk between classes because the engineering building is adjacent to the chemistry laboratories.

(adjective): written, drawn, vividly shown

  • graph + ic
  • Dominic is planning to study graphic art.

grade (verb): to place things in classes or sets, to classify

  • cate + gor + ize
  • The professor asked her students to categorize the plants they found.

(noun): a science that describes the earth’s surface

  • geo + graph + y
  • The geography of New York varies from the sandy shores to rocky mountains.

(noun): the shape and size of something, the arrangement of something

  • form + at
  • The format of this class will be half lecture and half class participation.

(adjective): short

  • brief
  • Anand gave a brief lecture on the rain forest.

(noun): the study of life

  • bio + log + y
  • In biology class the students learned about how the human body works.

(noun): a list of written works

  • biblio + graph + y
  • Olaf listed a brief bibliography at the end of his paper.

(adjective): marked by goodwill

  • bene + vol + ent
  • The “Salvation Army” is known as a benevolent society for its acts of charity.

re + volt re + voke re + vive re + view re + vert verve ver + ac + ity in + vent vacu + um uni + son train tors + ion therm + al test ify terr + ain term + in + al con + tin + ue con + tend tang + ible mis + con + strue con + strict stabl + ish in + spire de + spise ab + sol + ute sol + ate soljett + ison graph + itti pro + gress grad, gress, gree gor form + ul + ate ab + brevi + ate brevbio, biben + ign

to be continue, Umma’ Selleng…

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