a-

a-1
(often an- before a vowel)
prefix not; without: atheistic.
Origin
from Gk.
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a-2
prefix
1》 to; towards: aside.
2》 in the process of: a-hunting.
    ↘in a specified state: aflutter.
Origin
OE, unstressed form of on.
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a-3
prefix variant spelling of ad- before sc, sp, and st (as in ascend, aspire and astringent).
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a-4
prefix
1》 of: anew.
2》 utterly: abash.
Origin
unstressed form of of (sense 1); Anglo-Norman Fr. a-, from L. ex (sense 2).

English new terms dictionary. 2014.

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