Learn English – “Re” prefix vs remote


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I was just wondering why is the word remote unlike the other words starting with “re” like replay, reply, relocate, remove where the “re” is the prefix meaning again. Is there any historical reason behind this?

Are there other words like this? 🙂

Edit: Actually, I'm referring to my TV remote here, I do know remote also = far..

Best Answer

Here is the explanation.

re- a prefix, occurring originally in loanwords from Latin, used with the meaning “again” or “again and again” to indicate repetition, or with the meaning “back” or “backward” to indicate withdrawal or backward motion: regenerate; refurbish; retype; retrace; revert.


"remote" means (or meant) "moved back from".