- Word Explorer, Word Parts
|part of speech:
||reacted, reacting, reacts
||to act in response to a stimulus or influence.
She thought it was an innocent comment, but he reacted with fury.She reacted strangely to the news of the accident.
||to respond in opposition to some act, force, or condition.
The nobles reacted against the unreasonable demands of the king.
||to ignite a reciprocal action or a counteracting force or effect (often fol. by on or upon)
Harsh discipline may react upon the children in ways that you would not wish.
- similar words:
||of chemicals, to undergo change when combined.
Rust is formed when iron reacts with hydrogen and oxygen.
||act, answer, kick, reply, return, spring, start
The word react
contains the following parts:
that means again; back or back again
More about this word part:
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).
that means do, drive