One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Denoting motion or direction to.‘advance’‘adduce’
- 1.1 Denoting reduction or change into.‘adapt’‘adulterate’
- 1.2 Denoting addition, increase, or intensification.‘adjunct’
- 1.1 Denoting reduction or change into.
Ad- is also found assimilated in the following forms: a- before sc, sp, st; ac- before c, k, q; af- before f; ag- before g; al- before l; an- before n; ap- before p; ar- before r; as- before s; at- before t
From Latin ad ‘to’; in the 16th century the use of ad- and its variants was extended to replace a- from a different origin such as Latin ab- (e.g. advance, from French avancer based on late Latin abante ‘in front’).
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