prek- / Indo-European roots

Examples of words with the root prek-: deprecate, expostulate, imprecate, postulate, pray.


To ask, entreat.

Oldest form *prek̑-, becoming *prek- in centum languages.
1. Basic form *prek-. pray, prayer1, precarious; deprecate, imprecate, prie-dieu from *prex, prayer (attested only in the plural precēs), with Latin denominative precārī, to entreat, pray.
2. Suffixed zero-grade form *pr̥k-sk- becoming *pork-sk-, contracted to *posk- in suffixed form *posk-to-, contracted to *posto-. postulate; expostulate from Latin postulāre, to ask, request.

[Pokorny 4. perk̑- 821.]

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