The prefix sub- can be traced back to the Latin preposition sub, meaning ?under.? Some words beginning with sub- that came into English from Latin include submerge, suburb, and subvert. When sub- is used to form words in English, it can mean ?under? (submarine, subsoil, subway), ?subordinate? (subcommittee, subplot, subset), or ?less than completely? (subhuman, substandard). Sub- can form compounds by combining with verbs as well as with adjectives and nouns, as in subdivide, sublease, and sublet.    1

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