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- (non-productive) used with certain words to add a notion similar to those conveyed by with, together, or joint
- congenial, congregation, console, consonant, construct, converge, etc.
- (non-productive) used with certain words to intensify their meaning
- col- before l: collaborate;
- com- before b, m, and p: combat, commit, compel;
- cor- before r: correlation;
to add a notion similar to those conveyed by with, together, or joint
- attached to certain words to obtain new, informal, subcultural words in which con- conveys a notion of:
- con- (1)
From preposition cum (“with”).
- Used in compounds to indicate a being or bringing together of several objects
- Used in compounds to indicate the completeness, perfecting of any act, and thus gives intensity to the signification of the simple word
- Before vowels and h, the prefix becomes co-, or rarely com-. Excluded are i and u when these represent /j/ and /w/.
- Before b, m and p, the prefix becomes com-.
- Before l, the prefix becomes col-.
- Before r, the prefix becomes cor-.
- Before n, the prefix becomes cō- (or con- in Late Latin).
- Before original gn, the prefix becomes co- and gn is not reduced to n.
- con- in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
Before the letters b or p use the form com-. Sometimes the co- form is used instead.