Have you ever had a secret that you want to keep away from someone? Or severed something from something else? Or even selected something? Then you have used words that stem from the root word se, meaning to keep something apart.
Root words are extremely important to know about when studying a language because they can help you to understand many words at one time, and think critically about what these words truly mean. If you're learning a new language and know some Greek or Latin root words, you may be able to figure out (guess the context) the meaning of the word, even if you've never seen it before, because you can identify its root.
This week, we're focusing on the root word se which means "apart". Below we've listed some words that share this root word, along with definitions from Merriam-Webster, and examples to help you along your way.
Security: (n) freedom from danger, freedom from fear or anxiety
Seclusion: (n) closed away or isolated from others
Secede: (v) to withdraw from an organization
Segregate: (v) to separate or set apart from others or from the general mass
Secret: (adj) something kept hidden or unexplained
Seduce: (v) to lead astray, usually by persuasion or false promises
Sever: (v) to put or keep apart, divide, or to remove something as if by cutting
Separate: (v) to set or keep apart, or to keep a distinction between two or more things
Secretion: (n) the production of a liquid by part of a plant or animal
Select: (v) to choose from a number or group, to pick out
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Erin Duffin lives in Hamburg, is an English teacher, blogger, yoga instructor, and is a very good secret keeper- don't worry, you can select her without worry! Trust me!