Common Roots – via about.com

Knowing roots can do you a world of good in reading.  And it has more practical uses, such as helping you pass the HESPA and doing well on the SATs.

Do your self a favor, try and memorize as much as you can of these.  You can always find more!

(“L” means its a Latin root and “G” means its a Greek root)

ROOT MEANING EXAMPLES
-ast(er)-(G) star asteroid,
astronomy
-audi-
(L)
hear audible,
audience
-auto-
(G)
self automatic,
autopsy
-bene-
(L)
good benefit,
benign
-bio-
(G)
life biography,
biology
-chrono-
(G)
time chronic, synchronize
-dict-
(L)
say dictate,
diction
-duc-
(L)
lead,
make
deduce,
produce
-gen-
(L)
give
birth
gene,
generate
-geo-
(G)
earth geography,
geology
-graph-
(G)
write autograph,
graph
-jur-,
-jus- (L)
law jury,
justice
-log-,
-logue- (L)
thought logic,
obloquy
-luc-
(L)
light lucid,
translucent
-man(u)-
(L)
hand manual,
manure
-mand-,
-mend- (L)
order demand,
recommend
-mis-,
-mit- (L)
send missile, transmission
-omni-
(L)
all omnivorous
-path-
(G)
feel empathy,
pathetic
-phil-
(G)
love philosophy,
bibliophile
-phon-
(G)
sound phonics,
telephone
-photo-
(G)
light photograph,
photon
-port-
(L)
carry export,
portable
-qui(t)-
(L)
quiet,
rest
acquit,
tranquil
-scrib-,
-script- (L)
write ascribe,
script
-sens-,
-sent- (L)
feel resent,
sensitive
-tele-
(G)
far
off
telecast,
telephone
-terr-
(L)
earth terrain,
territory
-vac-
(L)
empty evacuate,
vacate
-vid-,
-vis- (L)
see visible,
video
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