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Know Your Prefixes: dis-

In this worksheet, students consider the different effects the prefix dis- has on the meaning of words.

'Know Your Prefixes: dis-' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   English

Curriculum subtopic:   Spelling: Prefixes & Suffixes

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Adding the prefix dis- to a word often changes the word into its antonym (opposite).

 

like / dislike

honest / dishonest

obey / disobey

 

However, sometimes adding the prefix dis- has a different effect on a word. For example, the word disinterested does not mean the opposite of interested.

 

Matthew didn't like either team so he was a disinterested observer at the match.

 

The above sentence doesn't mean that Matthew wasn't interested in the match. It actually means that he was neutral or impartial.

 

 

In this worksheet you can think about how the prefix dis- affects the meaning of words in different ways. You may find a dictionary helpful.

Tick the correct definition of the word below.

 

distasteful

bad-tasting

offensive or unpleasant

tasting of nothing at all

Tick the correct definition of the word below.

 

disclose

to open

to move away

to reveal or expose

Tick the correct definition of the word below.

 

disregard

to look away

to lose respect

to ignore

Tick the correct definition of the word below.

 

disinterested

bored

neutral

disappointed

Tick the correct definition of the word below.

 

disfigure

to count wrongly

to spoil the appearance

to take no notice

Tick the correct definition of the word below.

 

dispatch

to remove a plaster

to send someone or something away

to mend

Tick the correct definition of the word below.

 

disquiet

noise

liveliness

anxiety, worry

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dismiss

to hit

to be accurate

to send away

Tick the correct definition of the word below.

 

disaffected

unchanged

not bothered

resentful or dissatisfied

Tick the correct definition of the word below.

 

discharge

to release or allow to leave

to fail to move forward

to remove the price

  • Question 1

Tick the correct definition of the word below.

 

distasteful

CORRECT ANSWER
offensive or unpleasant
  • Question 2

Tick the correct definition of the word below.

 

disclose

CORRECT ANSWER
to reveal or expose
  • Question 3

Tick the correct definition of the word below.

 

disregard

CORRECT ANSWER
to ignore
  • Question 4

Tick the correct definition of the word below.

 

disinterested

CORRECT ANSWER
neutral
  • Question 5

Tick the correct definition of the word below.

 

disfigure

CORRECT ANSWER
to spoil the appearance
  • Question 6

Tick the correct definition of the word below.

 

dispatch

CORRECT ANSWER
to send someone or something away
  • Question 7

Tick the correct definition of the word below.

 

disquiet

CORRECT ANSWER
anxiety, worry
  • Question 8

Tick the correct definition of the word below.

 

dismiss

CORRECT ANSWER
to send away
  • Question 9

Tick the correct definition of the word below.

 

disaffected

CORRECT ANSWER
resentful or dissatisfied
EDDIE SAYS
The opposite of \'affected\' is \'unaffected\'.
  • Question 10

Tick the correct definition of the word below.

 

discharge

CORRECT ANSWER
to release or allow to leave
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