CAT Vocabulary Root Words: Tips to Learn Words

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In one of the previous posts for CAT Vocabulary, we told you about the Mnemonics method to improve Vocabulary. In this post, we will discuss another very effective method of building you Vocabulary for CAT: Root Words. One major problem that a lot of students get when it comes to remembering words is that they can’t recall the words learnt through wordlists individually. This method of Root Words for CAT Vocabulary will help you solve this very problem.

CAT Vocabulary Root Words: What are Root Words?

Root Words are the building blocks of words. Root words are parts upon which complete words are built. This usually happens by adding prefixes and suffixes. Let’s take an example to understand the concept of Root Words for CAT Vocabulary. Have you heard of the word Philanthropy? It means love for humanity and refers to various charitable and welfare acts. It is derived from the root word ‘Phil’ which means love. Other examples of the use of the same root word are:

  • Philanthropist: One who loves mankind
  • Philosophy: Love for wisdom.
  • Philology: Love for words.
  • Bibliophile: One who loves books.

Let’s look at a few examples of must know CAT vocabulary root words:

1. Root Word: gen
Meaning: birth
Words: generation, genesis

2. Root Word: lum
Meaning: light
Words: luminious, luminate

3. Root Word: tele
Meaning: far
Words: telepathy, telephone

4. Root Word: narr
Meaning: to tell
Words: narrate, narrator

5. Root word: bio
Meaning: life
Words: biographical, biography, biohazard

6. Root word: biblio
Meaning: book
Words: bibliography, bibliomania, biblioklept

7. Root word: byss
Meaning: Bottom
Words: abyss, abyssopelagic, hypabyssal

8. Root word: od
Meaning: path, way
Words: parodos, anode, diode

9. Root word: rhe
Meaning: flow
Words: rheology, diarrhoea, rhythm

10. Root word: strat
Meaning: army
Words: stratocracy, stratonic, strategy

11. Root Word: man
Meaning: hand
Words: manual, manuscript

12. Root Word: poly
Meaning: many
Words: Polyglot, Polygamy, Polyandry

13. Root Word: Mono
Meaning: Single
Words: Monogamy, Monorail, Monotonous

14. Root word: magn
Meaning: great, large
Words: Magnanimous, magnificent, magnate

15. Root word: hal
Meaning: breath
Words: inhale, anhelous, exhalable, exhalant, exhale

CAT Vocabulary Root Words: Key Points

The key points regarding CAT Vocabulary Root Words that you should keep in mind:

1. There are a lot of words that can be learnt through their root words.
2. You must try to remember as many root words as you can, read this article for a detailed A to Z list of roots.
3. You should also try to memorize the maximum number words based on the important word roots. Use these articles for the same.
4. There will be a lot of words you will come across while reading, you can guess their meaning based on the word roots that you have memorized.

With this, we complete a short lesson on how you can ingrain words using CAT Vocabulary Root Words. Use this method of CAT Vocabulary Root Words and expand your vocabulary. Coupled with this, go through the vocabulary resources for today. Use these resources to expand your Word-power.

Happy Learning..:)