un-
I. prefix Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German un- un-, Latin in-, Greek a-, an-, Old English ne not — more at no 1. not ; in-, non- — in adjectives formed from adjectives <
unambitious
>
<
unskilled
>
or participles <
undressed
>
, in nouns formed from nouns <
unavailability
>
, and rarely in verbs formed from verbs <
unbe
>
— sometimes in words that have a meaning that merely negates that of the base word and are thereby distinguished from words that prefix in- or a variant of it (as im-) to the same base word and have a meaning positively opposite to that of the base word <
unartistic
>
<
unmoral
>
2. opposite of ; contrary to — in adjectives formed from adjectives <
unconstitutional
>
<
ungraceful
>
<
unmannered
>
or participles <
unbelieving
>
and in nouns formed from nouns <
unrest
>
II. prefix Etymology: Middle English, from Old English un-, on-, alteration of and- against — more at ante- 1. do the opposite of ; reverse (a specified action) ; de- 1a, dis- 1a — in verbs formed from verbs <
unbend
>
<
undress
>
<
unfold
>
2. a. deprive of ; remove (a specified thing) from ; remove — in verbs formed from nouns <
unfrock
>
<
unsex
>
b. release from ; free from — in verbs formed from nouns <
unhand
>
c. remove from ; extract from ; bring out of — in verbs formed from nouns <
unbosom
>
d. cause to cease to be — in verbs formed from nouns <
unman
>
3. completely <
unloose
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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