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(From Latin: "to, toward, a direction toward, an addition to, near, at"; and changes to: "ac-, af-, ag-, al-, an-, ap-, aq-, ar-, as-, at-" and ad- is also combined with certain words that begin with the letters c, f, g, l, n, p, q, r, s, and t.)

The Latin element ad carries the idea of "in the direction of" and combines with many Latin words and roots to make common English words.

advocacy (s) (noun), advocacies (pl)
1. An active verbal support for a cause or political position, etc.: At the political convention, there was a lot of advocacy, or backing up, for the experienced and wise candidate for the office of U.S. President.
2. The act of speaking or writing, in support of something; such as, an idea, a cause, or a policy and giving active support: Jane’s advocacy for the local animal rights group helped convince the public to donate more money for saving the lives of stray animals.
advocate (AD vuh kayt") (verb), advocates; advocated; advocating
To urge, to suggest, or to exhort in support of someone or something: In court during the weekend, Karl's friend advocated for a former student who had been sleeping in the park.
To support or to publicly recommend.
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To speak in favor of a cause.
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To publicly agree with a statement.
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To strongly speak and recommend an issue or cause.
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affix (verb), affixes; affixed; affixing
1. To fasten, join, or attach (usually followed by "to"): Mary was affixing postage stamps to the envelopes that she was going to mail to her friends.
2. To put or to add on; to append: The salesman wanted Alice to affix her signature to the contract for the loan.

In grammar, a part of a word element that is affixed; such as, a prefix, infix, or suffix, added to a word element in order to form a different meaning; for example, the suffix, "-ed" added to "want" forms "wanted", or the prefix, "im-" connected to "possible" becomes "impossible".

When a poster is affixed to the wall, it is fastened to the wall.

agglutinate (verb), agglutinates; agglutinated; agglutinating
To cause to adhere or to stick to; to unite: Barbara wanted the glue to agglutinate the two pieces of broken vase together.

Natasha wanted to know if she was Rh positive, so the doctor told her that it would be so if the antiserum agglutinated in her red blood cells.

aggression (uh GRESH uhn) (s) (noun), aggressions (pl)
1. A violent action that is hostile and usually unprovoked: So many children in school have shown aggression and anger on the playground by hitting back when pushed accidentally by other children during a game.
2. Deliberately unfriendly behavior: Sometimes aggression is shown by some football fans when their team loses a game and they verbally attack the supporters of the winning side.
3. The act of initiating hostilities: Because Timmy wasn’t happy at home, he turned his aggression towards the other kids at school by pushing them, taking their ball away from them during a game, or calling them bad names.
4. A disposition to behave contentiously or offensively: James had a very unhappy childhood while he was living in a bad environment and so he expressed feelings of aggression when dealing with other people.
5. A feeling of hostility that arouses thoughts of attack: A sensation of aggression developed in Jerry when he was falsely accused of stealing money from a woman's purse at a restaurant.
6. Etymology: from ad-, "to" + gradi, gressus, "to step"; from gradus, "a step".
append (verb) appends; appended; appending
1. To add extra information to something as a supplement; especially, to a document.
2. To add an authorized signature to a bill, or an official agreement, as a final part of the ratification or agreement process.
3. To attach, or to fasten, a thing to something else.
4. Etymology: "to hang on; to attach, as a pendant", from Latin appendere "to cause to hang (from something), to weigh"; from ad-, "to" + pendere, "to hang".
appendix (s) (noun); appendices, appendixes (pl)
A small out-pouching from the beginning of the large intestine (the ascending colon): The appendix was previously called the vermiform appendix because it was thought to be "wormlike".
Arbitrio suo. (Latin phrase)
Translation: "On his or her own authority."
aspect (s) (noun), aspects (pl)
1. A facet, phase, or part of a whole: People should consider the various aspects of the economic situation before making any significant investments.
2. The view of something to the mind or the eyes: Suddenly, the stone had a greenish aspect in the florescent light.
3. The way a person, place, or something appears: The old house took on a dark and lonely aspect or image.
4. Etymology: from Middle English, "indicating the action or the way of looking at or seeing something"; from Latin aspectus and aspicere, "to look at"; from ad-, "to" + specere, "to look".
A look or appearance like something.
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assign (verb), assigns; assigned; assigning
1. To give someone a job to do or to assign someone with a task to complete.
2. To send someone to work in a particular place or with a particular group of people.
3. To determine that someone or something has a particular quality, name, use, or category: "He was assigned a high employee rating based on his high attendance on the job."
4. To put a soldier or military unit under a particular command or assignment of duty.
5. To designate a value for a computer memory location corresponding to a named variable.
attend (s) (verb), attends (pl)
1. To take care or charge of; to look after (to stretch one’s mind to).
2. To wait on; minister to; to serve; such as, to serve as a doctor during an illness.
3. To accompany; to go with.
4. Etymology: "to direct one's mind or energies"; from Old French atendre, "to expect, to wait for, to pay attention"; from Latin attendere, "to give heed to"; literally, "to stretch toward"; from ad-, "to" + tendere, "to stretch".
attractable (adjective)