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bene-

1.
a combining form occurring in loanwords from Latin, where it meant “well”:
benediction.
Origin
combining form of bene (adv.) well (< *dwenē), akin to bonus good (< *dwenos)

nota bene

[noh-tah be-ne; English noh-tuh bey-nee, ben-ee, bee-nee] /ˈnoʊ tɑ ˈbɛ nɛ; English ˈnoʊ tə ˈbeɪ ni, ˈbɛn i, ˈbi ni/
Latin.
1.
note well; take notice.
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British Dictionary definitions for bene

nota bene

/ˈnəʊtə ˈbiːnɪ/
uknown
1.
note well; take note Abbreviation NB, N.B., nb, n.b.
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Word Origin and History for bene

bene-

Latin word-forming element meaning "well," from Latin bene "well, in the right way, honorably, properly," from PIE *dw-ene-, adverbial form of root *deu- "to do, perform, show favor, revere." Cf. Latin bonus "good," bellus "handsome, fine, pretty," beatus "blessed."

nota bene

"mark well, observe particularly," c.1721, from Latin nota, second person singular imperative of notare "to mark" (see note (v.)) + bene "well" (see bene-). Often abbreviated N.B.

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