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The prefix a‑ has several meanings.

Meaning 1: of

  • The court ruled that the statements were akin to hate literature.

Meaning 2: gives emphasis to verbs of motion

  • Arise!

Meaning 3: in the process of, in the act of

  • A-hunting we will go!

Meaning 4: in a particular state

  • Her face was aglow with happiness.

Meaning 5: completely, utterly

  • I was a little abashed when I met her for the first time.

Meaning 6: on, in, into

  • All aboard!

Meaning 7: in the direction of, toward

  • The captain went ashore.