The Meaning of Prefix BE

The Meaning of Prefix BE

The prefix BE adds intensity to a word. This video provides 6 illustrated examples of words with the prefix BE. Each example comprises a picture and an associated sentence example.

By seeing a picture and then associating it with a sentence in which a word beginning with BE is used, a strong mental connection is formed so you will remember the word more easily.

Learning vocabulary by studying prefixes, suffixes, and word roots, is a very easy and enjoyable way to expand your English vocabulary. You learn to associate words together with a common denominator.

Here is a transcript of the video “Words With the Prefix BE”

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The prefix BE means: INTENSE

It doesn’t change the meaning of a word, rather, it makes a word richer, stronger, fuller, in other words, it makes everything INTENSE!

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Definition: dearly loved, a much-loved person

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Her firstborn was truly a beloved child!

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Definition: to angrily scold, or criticize at length

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She berated her sister for embarrassing her in front of her boyfriend.

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Definition: to make dirty or damage someone’s reputation

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Opponents say the Russian historical romantic drama, Matilda (2017), which tells the story of a romance between Nicholas II and a Polish dancer, besmirches the reputation of the tzar.

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Definition: to be deprived of a loved one through death, to have someone taken away through their death

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Liam Neeson was tragically bereaved of his beloved wife, Natasha Richardson, when she died in a freak skiing accident in 2009.

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Definition: to be confused, bewildered, puzzled; also to be mildly amused

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She looked quite bemused when she lost sight of her tour group.

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Definition: to cause problems or difficulties, to harass; also to surround, to lay siege

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This painting by Adolph Northen (1851), shows Napoleon’s beleaguered army retreating from Russia in 1812.

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So remember the meaning of the prefix BE means: INTENSE

It makes a word richer, stronger, fuller, in other words, it makes everything INTENSE!

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Now you know the meaning of prefix BE, see how many other words you can think of that start with BE.
If you are interested in prefixes, be sure to check this page:
Words With the Prefix EN & EM

Image Credits

Slide 5 – baby
Creative Commons

Slide 7 – sisters
Creative Commons

Slide 9 – Matilda
Fair Use

Slide 11 – Liam Neeson
Creative Commons
Natasha Richardson
Creative Commons

Slide 13 – confused lady
Creative Commons

Slide 15 – Napoleon
Public Domain


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