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"combining form" in British English

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combining formnoun [C]

uk   us   specialized
a word or ​group of ​letters that is ​added to the ​beginning or end of words to ​change or ​addmeaning: The ​combiningform "Anglo" ​combines to make ​various words, ​includingAnglo-American and Anglophile.
(Definition of combining form from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"combining form" in American English

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combining formnoun [C]

 us   /kəmˈbɑɪ·nɪŋ ˌfɔrm/
grammar a word ​part to which ​prefixes and word endings or other combining forms can be ​added to make a word, as "bio-," "-graphy," and "-logy" ​combine to make "​biology" and "​biography"
(Definition of combining form from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “combining form”
in Chinese (Simplified) 构词成分,组合语素…
in Chinese (Traditional) 構詞成分,組合語素…
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