One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1At, to, or from a lower level or position.‘subalpine’‘sub-basement’
- 1.1 Lower in rank.‘subdeacon’low-ranking, lower-ranking, subordinate, sub-, lesser, lower, minor, secondary, inferiorView synonyms
- 1.2 Of a smaller size; of a subordinate nature.‘subculture’
- 1.3 Of lesser quality; inferior.‘subhuman’‘substandard’
- 1.1 Lower in rank.
2Somewhat; nearly; more or less.‘subantarctic’
3Denoting a later or secondary action of the same kind.‘sublet’‘subdivision’‘subsequent’
In names of compounds containing a relatively small proportion of a component.‘suboxide’
Sub- is also found assimilated in the following forms: suc- before c (success); suf- before f (suffice); sug- before g (suggestion); sup- before p (supplicate); sur- before r (surreptitious); sus- before c (susceptible), p (suspect), t (sustain)
From Latin sub ‘under, close to’.
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