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drain·age

drainage

 
pronunciation:
dreI nihj
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part of speech: noun
definition: the act or method of draining.
The baseball field has good drainage.
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The word drainage contains the following part:
-age Latin noun-forming suffix that means act, process, or result of (the action indicated by the verb base)
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The suffix -age attaches primarily to bases that are English verbs to form nouns. Base-final y becomes i and base-final silent e is dropped before -age (carry + -age > carriage , store + -age > storage ) Some nouns ending in -age are loan words from French (voyage , courage ) whose bases are Latin roots.