Meaning of re- in English:


Translate re- into Spanish


  • 1Once more; afresh; anew.

    • ‘reactivate’
    1. 1.1With return to a previous state.
      • ‘revert’
  • 2

    (also red-)
    In return; mutually.

    • ‘resemble’
    1. 2.1In opposition.
      • ‘resistance’
  • 3Behind or after.

    • ‘remain’
    1. 3.1In a withdrawn state.
      • ‘reticent’
    2. 3.2Back and away; down.
      • ‘relegation’
  • 4With frequentative or intensive force.

    • ‘resound’
  • 5With negative force.

    • ‘recant’



/riː/ /ri/ /rɛ/


In modern English the tendency is for words formed with prefixes such as re- to be unhyphenated: restore, remain, reacquaint. One general exception to this is when the word to which re- attaches begins with e: in this case a hyphen is often inserted for clarity: re-examine, re-enter, re-enact. A hyphen is sometimes also used where the word formed with the prefix would be identical to an already existing word: re-cover (meaning ‘cover again’, as in we decided to re-cover the dining-room chairs) not recover (meaning ‘get better in health’). Similar guidelines apply to other prefixes, such as pre-


From Latin re-, red- ‘again, back’.