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PREFIXES. A-; all-to-; at-; be-; dis-

Be. The prefix be is used, not merely with verbs of colouring, "smear," "splash," &c., to localize and sometimes to intensify action, but also with nouns and adjectives to convert the nouns into verbs:

“Bemonster.

“Be-sort.” Ib. i. 4. 272.

“All good be-fortune you.

“Bemadding.

It is also used seemingly to give a transitive signification to verbs that, without this prefix, mostly require prepositions:

“Begnaw.

“Behowls the moon.

"Bespeak" and "address" in Hamlet, ii. 2. 140.

“Beweep.

; Lear, i. 4. 324.

In participles, like other prefixes, it is often redundant, and seems to indicate an unconscious want of some substitute for the old participial prefix.

“Well be-met.

But the theory that be- in "become," "believe," "belove," &c., represents the old ge-, does not seem to be sound.

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