[Word-ology] Facilitate=fac+il(e)+ate

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Before today’s learning, let’s check the answers to the last episode.

Divert=di-[apart]+vert-[turn]

Definition: turn away from; turn to become entertaining or pleasant

Advert=ad-[to]+vert-[turn]

Definition: take notice or make reference to


Today we will learn the new Latin suffix “-ile“, it means capable of“, “easy to doand is used in many words. Let’s see the word “facilitate” together.

In the word “facilitate“, “fac” means “make“, “il(e)” means “easy” and “ate” at the end of the word “facilitate” indicates that the word is a verb. By combining them together, we can easily deduce that the word “faction” means “to make easy“.

Here’s an example to use “facilitate“:

It would facilitate matters if you were more co-operative

Let’s see some other words with the Latin suffix “-ile

agile means “able to move quickly and easily“, because “ag” means “act” and “il(e)” means “easy“. If you have a “facile success”, you easily achieved success.


Now it’s your time to figure out the meanings of the following words!

fragile=frag[break]+ile-[capable of, easy to do]

Example: The thin glass is fragile.

mobile=mob-[move]+ile-[capable of, easy to do]

Example: The mobile medical team will soon be here.


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