Which suffix is in the word "precede": -ede or -cede?

I don't have an idea whether -ede or -cede is suffix in the words like precede, intercede, etc.

  • Look them up in a dictionary? Or even just Etymonline. The works has been down for all of us to benefit from.
    – Dan Bron
    Oct 31, 2018 at 14:10
  • @DanBron - not that easy, the just mention the prefix, not the suffix. etymonline.com/word/precede
    – user 66974
    Oct 31, 2018 at 14:14
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    @user240918 Because it only has a prefix and a root. That’s part of what I wanted OP to start discovering for themselves.
    – Dan Bron
    Oct 31, 2018 at 14:15
  • @DanBron - yes but the root itself has a suffix, at least in Latin -ere
    – user 66974
    Oct 31, 2018 at 14:17
  • @user240918 Which doesn’t appear in precede.
    – Dan Bron
    Oct 31, 2018 at 14:18

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Eugene, you seem to be confused about what a suffix is (and probably don't know what a root is, either). So here are two sites to help you navigate those concepts:


A root word has no prefix or suffix — it's the most basic part of a word. The root word at the heart of conformity, for example, is form.


A suffix is a letter or a group of letters attached to the end of a word to form a new word or to change the grammatical function (or part of speech) of the original word. For example, the verb read is made into the noun reader by adding the suffix -er. Similarly, read is made into the adjective readable by adding the suffix -able.

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