re-

a prefix, occurring originally in loanwords from Latin, used with the meaning “again” or “again and again” to indicate repetition, or with the meaning “back” or “backward” to indicate withdrawal or backward motion: regenerate; refurbish; retype; retrace; revert.
Also, red-.


Origin:
Middle English < Latin re-, red-

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re-
 
prefix
1.  indicating return to a previous condition, restoration, withdrawal, etc: rebuild; renew; retrace; reunite
2.  indicating repetition of an action: recopy; remarry
 
usage  Verbs beginning with re- indicate repetition or restoration. It is unnecessary to add an adverb such as back or again: This must not occur again (not recur again); we recounted the votes (not recounted the votes again, which implies that the votes were counted three times, not twice)

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re-
prefix meaning "back to the original place, again," also with a sense of "undoing," c.1200, from O.Fr. and directly from L. re- "again, back, against." Often merely intensive.
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re- pref.

  1. Again; anew: rebreathing.

  2. Backward; back: recurvation.

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Example sentences
Peer review may need to include queries re reproducibility of work.
They re more happy, less stressed, and seem to have found a inner peace.
What people need to do is re-train themselves in how they think about food.
Or a crime scene that can be re-created within seconds.
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