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react

re·act

react

 
pronunciation:
ri aekt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: reacted, reacting, reacts
definition: to act in a particular way because of something that happened.
Sue reacted calmly when she heard the bad news.
 
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The word react contains the following parts:
re- Latin prefix that means again; back or back again
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The prefix re- occurs in verbs that are Latin loanwords, where it can mean "again" (revise ) or "back again" (reflect ). It also attaches to English verbs (replay , rewind) with both meanings. Any verb can be prefixed by "re- " to indicate that an action is repeated. No hyphen is necessary unless the word formed is identical to an existing word (re-sign the document, but resign from a job).