GRE Root Words

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300 high frequency word roots

A/AN

Without, absence of, not.

AB/ABS

From, away, off.

ACER/ACID/ACRI

Harsh, bitter, sour.

ACT/AG

Drive, do, lead, act, move.

ACU

Sharp (physically, cognitively, etc.)

AD: AC/AF/AG/AL/AN/AP/AR/AS/AT before consonants

To, toward

AEV/EV

Age, era

AGOG

Leader

ALI

Another

ALIM

Support, nourish, cherish)

ALTER

Other

ALT

High, deep

AM

Love, liking

AMB/AMBUL

To go, to walk

AMBI

Around, on both sides

AMPH/AMPHI

Around, double, on both sides

ANIM

Life, breath, spirit

ANNU/ANNI/ENNI

Yearly

ANT/ANTE

Before

ANT/ANTI

Against, opposite

ANTHROP

Mankind, human being

ANTIQU

Old, ancient

APPELL

Name, call upon

APT/EPT

Skill, ability

AQU/AQUA

Water

ARCH

First, chief, rule, superior

ARM/ARMA

Weapons

ART

Art. haha

ASTR/ASTER

Star

AUD/AUDI/AUS

Bold, daring, listen, hear

AUG/AUX

Increase

BE

Thoroughly, over

BEN/BON

Well, good, favorable

BI

Two, twice, double

BREV

Short

CAP/CAPT/CEPT/CIP

Hold, seize, take

CAP/CAPIT

Head

CARD/CORD

Heart

CARN

Flesh, body

CATA

Down, downward

CED/CEED/CESS

Yield, surrender, move, go

CELER

Swift

CENTR

Center

CENT

Hundred

CERN

Perceive

CERT

Certain

CHRON

Time, a long time

CID/CIS

Cut, kill

CIRCU/CIRCUM

Around

CIT/CITAT

To call, start

CIVI

Citizen

CLAM/CLAIM

Call out, shout

CLEMEN

Mild, kind, merciful

CLAUD/CLAUS/CLOS/CLUS/CLUD

Shut, close

CLAUD/CLAUS/CLOS/CLUD/CLUB

Shut, close

CLI/CLIN/CLIV

Leaning, inclined, sloped

CO/COL/COM/CON/COR

Together, with

COGNI/GNO

Learn, know

CONTRA/CONTRO

Against, opposite

COSM

Universe

CRACY/CRAT

Government, rule, strength

CREA

Bring, forth, create

CRED

Believe, trust

CRE/CRESC/CRET/CRU

Rise, grow

CRIT

Separate, judge

COUR/CUR

Run, course

CUR/CURA

Care

CYCL/CYCLO

Circle, wheel, cycle

DE

From, down, away, against, thoroughly, intensive

(as prefix)

DEC/DECA

Ten

DEI/DIV

God

DEMI

Partly

DEM

Common, people

DI

Two, double

DIA

Across, through, between

DIC/DICT

Say, speak, pronounce

DIF/DIS

Apart, away, negative, not

DOC/DOCT

Teach, prove

DOG/DOX

Opinion, belief, praise

DOM/DOMIN

Master, lord

DORM

Sleep

DROM/DROME

Run, step, arena

DUC/DUCT

Lead, pull

DUPL

Double, two

DUR

Hard, lasting

DYN/DYNAM

Power, energy

DYS

Bad, impaired, abnormal

E/EX

Apart, above, away, beyond, from, out, intensive (prefix)

ECTO

Outside, external

EGO

I, self

ENDO

Within, inside

EPI

Upon, over, near

ERR

Wander, mistake

ETH/ETHOS

Character

EU

Good, well

EXTRA/EXTRO

Besides, beyond, outside of, more

FAC/FIC/FEC

Do, make

FALL/FALS

Deceptive, false, erroneous

FED

League, pact

FER

Bear, carry

FID

Faith, trust

FLECT/FLEX

Bend

FLU/FLUCT/FLUX

Flow

FORT

Brave, strong, chance

FRAC/FRAG

Break

FRAT

Brother

FUNC

Perform, discharge

GAM

Marriage

GEN

Birth, class, descent, race, generate

GLOSS/GLOT

Language, tongue

GRAD/GRESS

Step

GRAPH/GRAM

Write, draw, record

GRAT

Pleasing

GRAV/GRIEV

Serious, heavy, hamful

GREG

Flock, herd, collection

HEMO

Blood

HERB

Vegetation

HETERO

Different, mixed, unlike

HOMO

Same, alike

HOM/HOMO/HUMAN

Man, humanity

HYDR/HYDRA/HYDRO

Water

HYPER

Above, excessive, over

HYPO

Beneath, lower, under

IG/IL/IM/IN/IR

Not, without, causative (prefix)

IN

In, on, upon, not, intensive (prefix)

INTER

Among, between, within, mutual

INTRA/INTRO

Into, inward, within

JAC/JACT/JECT

Throw, fling

JUR/JUS/JUD

Swear, law, judge, just

LECT/LEG/LIG

Read, choose

LIBER

Free

LIBRAR/LIBR

Book

LITER

Letter

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