Definition of re- in English:


Translate re- into Spanish


  • 1Once more; afresh; anew.

    • ‘reactivate’
    1. 1.1With return to a previous state.
      • ‘restore’
  • 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    1. 3.1In a withdrawn state.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.

    • ‘redouble’
  • 5With negative force.

    • ‘rebuff’



/rē/ /ri/


In modern English, the tendency is for words formed with prefixes such as re- to be unhyphenated: reacquaint, reconsider, reshape. For the sake of clarity, however, hyphenation is sometimes favored when the root word begins with a vowel: re-elect, for instance, may be preferred as a less awkward spelling than reelect. A hyphen is often used when the word formed with the prefix would be identical in form with, but different in meaning and pronunciation from, an already existing word: re-cover (meaning ‘cover again,’ as in we decided to re-cover the dining-room chairs), as opposed to recover (meaning ‘get better in health’)


From Latin re-, red- ‘again, back’.