Power Prefix: ex-

Learn these ten words containing the prefix ex, meaning "out" or "up."

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  1. exceed
    be or do something to a greater degree
    The latest advisory was issued because the Phoenix area is expected to exceed the federal health standard for air quality on Tuesday.Washington Times (Aug 20, 2019)
  2. exception
    an instance that does not conform to a rule
    The doors of the Apprentices’ Quarters were locked and sealed at nightfall, and there were no exceptions to the rule.The Golden Goblet
  3. excerpt
    a passage selected from a larger work
    Other former prisoners read dramatic excerpts from the responses of prisoners who returned the survey questions.Seattle Times (Jun 25, 2019)
  4. exalt
    praise, glorify, or honor
    In a curious way, many people simultaneously exalt and dismiss mathematicians and scientists as impractical whizzes.Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences
  5. excavate
    recover through digging
    It would be impossible, however, to excavate the 180,000-plus known archaeological sites in Greenland before the damage is done, Hollesen notes.Scientific American (Jul 11, 2019)
  6. excel
    distinguish oneself
    While he excelled at baseball, football, and track, the sport he enjoyed the most was tennis.The Parker Inheritance
  7. exempt
    freed from or not subject to an obligation or liability
    The youngest—the six- and seven-year-olds—were exempt from the recital.The Underground Railroad: A Novel
  8. exhale
    expel air
    I hold my breath and don’t exhale until Ma nods.Dragons in a Bag
  9. exorcise
    expel through adjuration or prayers
    It’s a place where our nation is still reckoning with, honoring and exorcising the ghosts of our country’s past.Washington Post (Feb 7, 2019)
  10. expel
    force to leave or move out
    More than 150 Russians listed by their embassies and consulates as diplomats or military and cultural attachés were expelled from 27 countries, including the United States.New York Times (Aug 15, 2019)
Created on April 23, 2015 (updated August 20, 2019)

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