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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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A, pref.1

Used before nouns and adverbs to form adverbs. O.E. ane.g. aback, agley, agrufe, athort, atween, q.v. A, pref.2 O.E. of = off — e.g. adoon. A, pref.3 O.N. ate.g. ado, adae, adee, n. and v., and agae, v. A, pref.4 O.E. ā, implying motion away from, onward; hence it comes to be an intensive in verbs of motion (N.E.D.). O.H.G. ar, ir, ur; Goth. us; Mod. Ger. ere.g. abide, arise. A, pref.5 O.E. and = against, opposite; Ger. ent-; Gr., Sans. anti-; e.g. alang. A, pref.6 O.E. ān = one — e.g. awhile, awhiles. A, pref.7 = ah! — e.g. aweel, alake. A, pref.8 Classical origin, direct or indirect.

(1) Fr. a-, Lat. ade.g. avise.

(2) Fr. a-, Lat. abe.g. assoilzie.

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