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Definitions of un

  1. an organization of independent states to promote international peace and security
  2. an organization of independent states formed in 1945 to promote international peace and security
  3. An inseparable verbal prefix or particle. It is prefixed: ( a) To verbs to express the contrary, and not the simple negative, of the action of the verb to which it is prefixed; as in uncoil, undo, unfold. ( b) To nouns to form verbs expressing privation of the thing, quality, or state expressed by the noun, or separation from it; as in unchild, unsex. Sometimes particles and participial adjectives formed with this prefix coincide in form with compounds of the negative prefix un- ( see 2d Un-); as in undone ( from undo), meaning unfastened, ruined; and undone ( from 2d un- and done) meaning not done, not finished. Un- is sometimes used with an intensive force merely; as in unloose.
  4. Un- is prefixed to adjectives, or to words used adjectively.
  5. To adjectives, to denote the absence of the quality designated by the adjective
  6. To past particles, or to adjectives formed after the analogy of past particles, to indicate the absence of the condition or state expressed by them
  7. Those which have acquired an opposed or contrary, instead of a merely negative, meaning; as, unfriendly, ungraceful, unpalatable, unquiet, and the like; or else an intensive sense more than a prefixed not would express; as, unending, unparalleled, undisciplined, undoubted, unsafe, and the like.
  8. Those which have the value of independent words, inasmuch as the simple words are either not used at all, or are rarely, or at least much less frequently, used; as, unavoidable, unconscionable, undeniable, unspeakable, unprecedented, unruly, and the like; or inasmuch as they are used in a different sense from the usual meaning of the primitive, or especially in one of the significations of the latter; as, unaccountable, unalloyed, unbelieving, unpretending, unreserved, and the like; or inasmuch as they are so frequently and familiarly used that they are hardly felt to be of negative origin; as, uncertain, uneven, and the like.
  9. Those which are anomalous, provincial, or, for some other reason, not desirable to be used, and are so indicated; as, unpure for impure, unsatisfaction for dissatisfaction, unexpressible for inexpressible, and the like.
  10. Un- is prefixed to nouns to express the absence of, or the contrary of, that which the noun signifies; as, unbelief, unfaith, unhealth, unrest, untruth, and the like.
  11. is prefixed to adjectives, or to words used adjectively.
  12. To present particles which come from intransitive verbs, or are themselves employed as adjectives, to mark the absence of the activity, disposition, or condition implied by the participle; as, - -- and the like.
  13. is prefixed to nouns to express the absence of, or the contrary of, that which the noun signifies; as, unbelief, unfaith, unhealth, unrest, untruth, and the like.
  14. An international organization whose members include most of the sovereign nations of the world with headquarters in New York City. The primary objectives of the organization are to maintain peace and security and to achieve international cooperation in solving international economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian problems.
  15. A prefix meaning not; also expressing undoing of the action or condition implied in the word: used before almost any adjective, participle, or adverb, thus forming a large number of words, of which only the most important are here included.
  16. A negative prefix, signifying not, or the want of, which may be attached to nouns, adjectives, adverbs, verbs, and participles. When applied to nouns, adjectives, or participles when used adjectively, it usually denotes the absence of the state, quality, or condition expressed by the simple word, as unhappiness, unhappy, unfeeling, unarmed. When applied to adverbs, it denotes the negation of the modification expressed by the adverb, as unhappily. Applied to transitive verbs, or their participles, it usually denotes an undoing or reversal of the action expressed by the simple word, as unbind, unlock. Words beginning with un-, not found below, may be explained by adding not, or want of, to the simple word, or as indicated above.
  17. Not; used to express negation, incompleteness, or opposition.
  18. Back; used to express the reversal of the action of the verb.
  19. A Saxon prefix signifying not before nouns or adjectives, and the reversal of the action or its undoing before verbs.
  20. Those which have the value of independent words, inasmuch as the simple words are either not used at all, or are rarely, or at least much less frequently, used; as, unavoidable, unconscionable, undeniable, unspeakable, unprecedented, unruly, and the like;
  21. A prefix signifying " not"; the opposite of; un, signifying " not," or " the opposite of," may be used before almost any adjective, as in unfruitful, the opposite of fruitful; before nouns derived from adjectives, as in unfruitfulness, the opposite of fruitfulness, and before adverbs, as in unfruitfully; un before a verb signifies " to take off"; to deprive of; to undo; to destroy,- as in undress, to take off dress. Note.- Those words only are given which are in most general use; when not found, turn to the word, less the prefix un, or to the primary word, for further explanations and the roots. Un is equivalent to the Latin prefix in when it signifies not. In the use of un or in before adjectives, usage has greatly varied. As to when it is proper, according to the best usage, to write un or in, the best guide is to consult the dictionary. In many cases both in and un are in good use as prefixes for the same word, and are used indifferently, some writers preferring un and others in.
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Quotes of un

  1. The UN structure is one -sided, stacked against the world of Islam. – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
  2. It also seems that the Afghans themselves want to avail themselves of this opportunity and all recognize that the UN is uniquely qualified to help bring them together. – Lakhdar Brahimi
  3. There is a story which is not being told strongly enough of the Afghan employees of the UN inside the country who are saving hundreds of thousands of lives everyday by their bravery and nobody talks of them. – Lakhdar Brahimi
  4. Indeed he knows not how to know who knows not also how to un -know. – Richard Burton
  5. You'd never know that listening to people in the UN but tribalism is the father of racism. – Stanley Crouch
  6. When I'm building my dome in my chapel, and I had a vision- I've worked on perpetual motion and I haven't never give it up yet. I still think it could be done, perpetual motion. I had a vision of a un resist able windmill. – Howard Finster
  7. Religion deals in certainties and philosophy deals more in un -answered questions. – Steve Hackett
  8. We went into Iraq because Saddam Hussein refused to account for his weapons of mass destruction, consistently violated UN resolutions and in a post -9/11 world no American president could afford to give Saddam Hussein the benefit of the doubt. – Peter King
  9. In a case like Iraq the UN has again shown what important role it plays as the guarantor for protecting international peace and stability in the global political structure. – Anna Lindh
  10. We need a reform of the Security Council. It must be perceived as truly representative by all the 191 member states, to uphold the credibility and legitimacy of the UN as the main political arena. – Anna Lindh
  11. Be not afraid of being called un -fashionable. – Adolf Loos
  12. I am the most un -French Frenchman you will ever meet. – Jean-Marie Messier
  13. Despite a decade of criticism and budget cuts, the specialised UN agencies have far more expertise and hands -on experience than any other organisations in the world. – Jeffrey Sachs
  14. Before and during the first phase of the war his administration repeatedly maligned the UN but now, that Iraq has turned into a quagmire, it is asking the UN for help. – Peter Schuyler
  15. A peacetime draft is the most un -American thing I know. – George Wald

Usage examples for un

  1. " I am a guest in the house in which he serves," Kollomietzev exclaimed, " yes, serves for money, comme un salarie.... – Virgin Soil by Ivan S. Turgenev
  2. C'est un fanatique tranquille." – Virgin Soil by Ivan S. Turgenev
  3. " Cussed if that ain't a good un – Bring Me His Ears by Clarence E. Mulford
  4. Here, young un tell Tom Drift Charlie can't come. – The Adventures of a Three-Guinea Watch by Talbot Baines Reed
  5. A row in the hunting- field's un English, I call it." – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  6. As for me, for it is I, and I am an Englishman in Italiane, I know they have a knife at command to cut my throate, Un Inglese Italianato, e un Diauolo incarnato. – Shakespeare's Lost Years in London, 1586-1592 by Arthur Acheson
  7. " Go an' live with un 'e says; " my blessin' on ye." – The Fourth Series Plays, Complete by John Galsworthy
  8. So tremendous, indeed, was the tumult that he was able to open the door and stand, within the room, watching and un noticed. – Fortitude by Hugh Walpole
  9. Why should I take the trouble to help you and the young un – The Mormon Prophet by Lily Dougall
  10. Real despair is un human and possibly rare. – The Subterranean Brotherhood by Julian Hawthorne
  11. The biggest, bald- headest young un you ever see. – The Reclaimers by Margaret Hill McCarter
  12. A thin chap nivver looks as common as a fat un – T. Tembarom by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  13. What, bain't I to take un – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  14. R59606. Trois poules pour un coq. – U.S. Copyright Renewals, 1950 January - June by U.S. Copyright Office
  15. " Nay, I'm sorry for that," replied Bart; " but what I meant was that I didn't give the captain one hard un on the head." – Commodore Junk by George Manville Fenn
  16. Like to hear un sir? – Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes
  17. You call me Jography, young un – The Children's Pilgrimage by L. T. Meade
  18. Well, well, I must get on with her grave; they're a- coming to speak the good word over un on sundown. – Erema My Father's Sin by R. D. Blackmore
  19. The un English element in it. – The Moon out of Reach by Margaret Pedler
  20. I got un now, he said; now I don't mind coming out. – Erema My Father's Sin by R. D. Blackmore

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