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ex- Syllabification: ex-
(also e-)

Definition of ex- in English:


1Out; outside of: expand express
2Up and away; upward: excel extol
5Forming verbs expressing inducement of a state: exasperate excite
6Forming nouns (from titles of office, status, etc.) expressing a former state: ex-husband ex-convict


Ex- is assimilated as ef- before f (as in effeminate). Exfiltrate and exfoliate and their derivatives are exceptions.


From Latin ex 'out of'.

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