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(word root) out
Examples of words with the root ex-: ex-member
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abbr. Bible

ex 1

1. Not including; without: a stock price ex dividend.
2. Free of any transport or handling charges incurred before removal from a given location: bought the goods ex warehouse.
3. From, but not having graduated with, the class of: a Columbia alumnus, ex '95.

[Latin; see eghs in Indo-European roots.]

ex 2

The letter x.
tr.v. exed, ex·ing, ex·es
To delete or cross out: He exed each item off the to-do list.

ex 3

n. Slang
A former spouse or partner.

[From ex-.]
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1. (Banking & Finance) finance not participating in; excluding; without: ex bonus; ex dividend; ex rights.
2. (Commerce) commerce without charge to the buyer until removed from: ex quay; ex ship; ex works.
[C19: from Latin: out of, from]


1. informal (a person's) former wife, husband, etc
2. Canadian short for examination
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1. without; not including: ex dividend.
2. free of charges to the purchaser until removed from a specified place: ex warehouse.
[1835–45; < Latin. See ex-1]



the letter X, x.



Informal. a former spouse; ex-wife or ex-husband.
[1820–30; by shortening]


1. a prefix occurring orig. in loanwords from Latin, meaning “out, out of, away, forth” (egregious; exclude; exhale; exit; export; extract), used also to signify that the action of a base verb has been carried to a conclusive point (effect; effete; erase; exaggerate; excite; exhaust), esp. in causative formations (evacuate; effeminate; exhilarate; expurgate) or privative formations, including adjectives (emasculate; enervate; exonerate; exsanguine). Also, before consonants other than c, f, p, q, s,and tin Latin words, e-, ef-.
2. a prefix meaning “former,” “formerly having been”: ex-member; ex-wife.
[< Latin, prefixal use of ex, ē (preposition) out (of), from, beyond; (definition 2) < Late Latin, as in exconsul, based on Latin ex in the sense “from being, having formerly held (an office)”]


var. of exo- before a vowel: exarch.


a prefix similar in meaning to ex-1, occurring orig. in loanwords from Greek: exegesis. Also, before a consonant, ec-.
[< Greek, prefixal use of ex, ek, out (of), from, beyond; compare ex-1]




1. examination.
2. examined.
3. example.
4. except.
5. exception.
6. exchange.
7. excursion.
8. executed.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ex - a man who was formerly a certain woman's husband
adult male, man - an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman); "there were two women and six men on the bus"
2.ex - a woman who was formerly a particular man's wifeex - a woman who was formerly a particular man's wife; "all his exes live in Texas"
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
3.ex - the 24th letter of the Roman alphabet
Latin alphabet, Roman alphabet - the alphabet evolved by the ancient Romans which serves for writing most of the languages of western Europe
alphabetic character, letter of the alphabet, letter - the conventional characters of the alphabet used to represent speech; "his grandmother taught him his letters"
Adj.1.ex - out of fashionex - out of fashion; "a suit of rather antique appearance"; "demode (or outmoded) attire"; "outmoded ideas"
unfashionable, unstylish - not in accord with or not following current fashion; "unfashionable clothes"; "melodrama of a now unfashionable kind"
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A. PREP (= out of) ex dividendsin dividendo
the price ex worksel precio de or en fábrica, el precio franco fábrica
see also ex officio
B. N my ex (= husband) → mi ex (marido); (= wife) → mi ex (mujer); (= boyfriend, girlfriend) → mi ex (novio/a)
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[ˈɛks] nex mf
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n (inf)Verflossene(r) mf (inf)


2 abbr of exampleBsp., Beispiel nt
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1. n (ex-husband, ex-wife) → ex m/f inv
2. prep (out of) the price ex worksil prezzo franco fabbrica
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References in classic literature ?
The slave was made to say some very smart as well as impressive things in reply to his master-- things which had the desired though unexpected ef- fect; for the conversation resulted in the voluntary emancipation of the slave on the part of the master.
In the House of Representatives, the New York delegation has written letters to Secretary of the Air Force Sheila Widnall, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen Ronald Fogelman and Secretary of Defense William Perry expressing concern over the Air Force plan to cut the EF- 111 SIP and retire the EF-111.