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Etymology 1 alt. A prefix of Anglo-Saxon origin, the same as (l en on-). pre. A prefix of Anglo-Saxon origin, the same as (l en on-). Etymology 2

pre. A prefix of Anglo-Saxon origin, a reduced form of (l en and-). Etymology 3

pre. not; used to make words that have a sense opposite to the word (or stem) to which the prefix is attached. Used with stems that begin with vowels and "h".

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary


privative prefix, from Greek an-, "not, without," related to ne- and cognate with Sanskrit an-, Latin in-, Gothic and Old English un- (see un- (1)).


form of Latin ad- before -n- (see ad-).

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English


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Usage examples of "an-".

Really I did and I was so pleased the Lady Fara- I mean-' and he trailed off aimlessly.

Stan-nail turned to the seven with the comment that Jokan was absent on a special mission for the Council.

Small wonder that this pastoral planet, with its earthlike atmosphere, its slightly-less-than-Earth gravity presented such a desirable Eden.

Even at faster-than-light speeds, it will take four and a half days to reach Earth .

And they would have at least eight or nine days, even with the faster-than-light speed of the capsule, before Codep could instruct him on procedures.

Pending subsequent approval, there is no reason why the animals can-not be given to our Hrruban friends who have already evinced considerable interest in them.

There was a rough lean-to back in the woods where they'd been logging and that would give him a night's shelter.

Landreau's aide was able to act as prosecutor before the Treaty Council only because noncolonizable Human-claimed planets were kept under the aegis of his department.

My notes show that some of them came from Hrruban-marked planets, and some from the Amalgamated Worlds.

They set off at the easy ground-covering lope most Doonan-bred horses were trained to use, kind to both horse and rider.

They could have been taken to any one of several dozen Hrruban-settled worlds.

Beside a low console not far from the landing deck, Todd noticed a man-sized device with the Spacedep insignia on the side: the missing probe.

At Grizz's encouragement, Todd demonstrated more Hayuman-style dives, using the highest of the pillar islands to do a half-gaynor.

As we learn to know each other better, I am sure there will be other goods we want, but for the present, we are eager to obtain largenesses of Hayuman-manufactured eating stuffs.

He'd been so convinced that the best possible outcome for all Hayuman and Hrruban-kind was to form a partnership with the new species that he'd ardently pursued that goal.