Proper Pronunciation: [ˈprɒpə]
Part of speech: adjective
Meaning: appropriate or suited for some purpose
Origin: Middle English propre, from Old French, from Latin proprius
When you read on your own, you can often figure out the literal meaning of a new word by looking at its context, the other words and sentences that surround it. For instance, look at the following example.The area suffered an earthquake followed by a flood. After such cataclysms, it took some time to return to normal.
- You can see from the first sentence that cataclysms refer to both an earthquake and a flood. It is a general word for violent change in the forces of nature. The context provides examples of the unknown word.
Word origins: English contains many words based on roots from ancient languages like Greek and Latin. Having some knowledge of word derivations in either of these languages can help you determine the literal meaning of words.
| hydr (Greek)
|| dehydrate, hydrant
| vid (Latin)
|| video, evidence
The word ‘eject’ comes from the Latin prefix e-, meaning “out,” and the root ject, meaning “to throw.” Many English words contain the ‘ject’ root.
For example, if you reject an offer, you throw it back.