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Verb-Forming Suffixes Latin Verb-forming suffixes are suffixes that are used mainly or wholly in verbs. Learn the following verb-forming suffixes and their meanings to help understand the language we use today: -(i)fy, -(e)fy, “to make.” Base Meaning + Suffix Word PAC- peace + -(i)fy pacify MAGN- large + -(i)fy magnify LIQU- to be liquid   + -(e)fy liquefy -(i)fic, “making,” “causing.” Base Meaning + Suffix Word PAC- peace + -(i)fic pacific TERR- to frighten + -(i)fic terrific This suffix, though it forms adjectives, is considered here because it is a form of the previous suffix. Both are related to the base FAC- (FIC-), “to do,” “to make.” (See Latin Bases.) -igate, -egate, “to make,” “to drive.” Base Meaning + Suffix Word NAV- ship + -igate navigate FUM- smoke + -igate fumigate VARI- varied   + -egate variegate This suffix is related to the base AG- (IG-), “to do,” “to drive.” (See Latin Bases.) Greek -ize, “to make,” “to do something with,” “to subject to,” etc. (This suffix has so many different senses that it is better in writing out the analysis of words to list it simply as a “verbal suffix.”) Prefix + Base Meaning + Suffix + Suffix Word ant- + AGON- struggle + -ize antagonize CRI- to judge + -tic + -ize criticize AMERICAN- -ize Americanize ANGL- English + -ic + -ize Anglicize
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