Today my teacher taught me about using the prefix "re" to mean that you are doing something again. So for the word "Research" it means that you are doing some "search" again. Then, if we call them researchers, what are searchers called?

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    Just wait till you hear about rebound, rebar, replicate, redact, retort, response, remember, and many more =)
    – MonkeyZeus
    Commented Aug 11, 2022 at 14:25
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    Not always. Note that the “re” in republic doesn't mean to redo something, it comes from the Latin word res meaning “matter”. The res publica were public affairs
    – djs
    Commented Aug 11, 2022 at 15:27
  • Some interesting investigations on the topic: telescoper.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/the-meaning-of-research
    – Eilia
    Commented Aug 12, 2022 at 7:53

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In this case the prefix re- is an intensifier rather than the word element meaning again, once more. So the term you are looking for is “researcher”.


1590s, "investigate or study (a matter) closely, search or examine with continued care," from French recercher, from Old French recercher "seek out, search closely," from re-, here perhaps an intensive prefix (see re-), + cercher "to seek for,".


Often merely intensive, and in many of the older borrowings from French and Latin the precise sense of re- is forgotten, lost in secondary senses, or weakened beyond recognition, so that it has no apparent semantic content (receive, recommend, recover etc,)


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    Perfect. It is a mistake to assume that a prefix has only one, or indeed any, meaning.
    – Anton
    Commented Aug 11, 2022 at 7:29
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    refried beans are very fried beans, not doubly fried beans.
    – stannius
    Commented Aug 11, 2022 at 14:42
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    Dang @stannius, ruining Mitch Hedberg's joke! "I like refried beans. That's why I wanna try fried beans, because maybe they're just as good and we're just wasting time. You don't have to fry them again after all." Commented Aug 11, 2022 at 17:18
  • @Anton You're trying to tell me that Con-gress isn't the opposite of pro-gress? Commented Aug 11, 2022 at 19:12
  • @user3067860 amusing play on words, but no.
    – Anton
    Commented Aug 11, 2022 at 20:04

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