regi-, reg-, rec-, rex-
(Latin: to direct, to rule, to lead straight, to keep straight; to guide, to govern)
Although it does not appear to be correct, all of the words in this unit etymologically come from this family group. Some words; such as, surge and its related formats, may be presented as separate units; however, they originally evolved from this family unit.
2. A reference to a return to life or from a state of death: Jack thought that the resurrectionary likelihood of seeing his father again after he died calmed Jack and gave him hope.
2. Descriptive of a person having the conduct or bearing of a nomarch: Little Jenifer tried to act like a royal princess in the play she and her friends put on for her parents.
3. Regarding something above the normal size, quality, status; position: After Jane came in from doing shopping on a hot day, she had a royal headache and went straight to bed in her cool bedroom.
2. Regarding how something is done or presented in a grand manner or to a fantastic degree: When Lance invited his girlfriend out to dinner, he did it royally by going to a very elegant restaurant.
2. The power, rank, or status of a king or queen: King Charles II has the standing of a royalty.
3. The percentage of the income or profit from the sales of a performance, book, patented invention, etc. which is paid to the author, inventor, etc.: After completing his novel, having it published, and being sold in the book stores, Mr. Smart received a sizeable amount of royalties.
2. A normal condition. As a rule, the Rawsons always eat a late breakfast on Sundays.
3. An advisory or notice informing people what they ought to do so that they can achieve succes of some kind: Dr. Good told Inge that, as a rule, she should drink plenty of water on hot days.
2. To influence or to restrict someone's actions in a negative way: Ever since she was a child, a dread of being alone in the house ruled Sally's life and caused her parents much concern.
3. To state that something is true or must happen: The court ruled that the case was closed.
2. A rigid and rectangular measuring implement: A ruler is a handy devicet with detailed graduations in units to assess how long something is, or to make a straight line on a piece of paper.
2. Pertaining to a passion or emotion that strongly influences their undertakings: One ruling desire that Jeff has is to climb Mr. Everest, so he is preparing himself for it this year.
2. A mission flown by a combat military aircraft.
3. Armed attacks; especially, those made from a place surrounded by enemy forces.
4. A brief trip away from home; especially, to an unfamiliar place.
5. Etymology: "attack of the besieged upon the besiegers"; from French sortie; literally, "a going out", noun use of the past participle verb form of sortir, "go out", from Old French, "to go out, to escape"; from Latin surgere, "to rise up" which is from "fountain, stream" and from sub, "up from below" + regere, "to keep straight, to guide".
2. To come out from a defensive position to make an attack: The special forces are currently sortieing terrorist forces in the mountains."
3. To take a short journey to a place where people have not been before, often with a particular purpose: Lynn sortied into the new fitness studio to see what the trainers have to offer.
During Tom's vacation in the national park, he sortied into the various attractive areas that were available there.
2. Etymology: from Latin sortilegus, “prophetic, soothsayer”; from sors, “lot, fortune” plus legere, “to read”.
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2. An informer for a reporter: Mr. Thompson didn't mention the name of his source from whom he got the information for the police.
3. The point of origin of a river or stream: While hiking in the nearby mountains, Jane and Jack found the source of the river that ran through their town.