Test Prep Vocabulary – Root Words – “spir”, “spire”

athlete and coach

After the boy won the race, his coach congratulated him and checked his respiration.

Today’s Root:  spir, spire

breath or breathe (from the Latin spirare)

Word Building:

respire – re (again) + spire (breath) – to breathe repeatedly especially freely as would be the case after exertion or anxiety.

conspire – con (with) + spire (breath) to breathe with someone better translated as to act in harmony with someone.

Sample Sentence:

Perspiration poured from the runners as they rounded the last corner.

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