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  1. a combining Womens Santa Xmas Brick Snow XS Deer CowCow Christmas 5XL Winter Fire Sleeveless Dress form meaning “distant,” especially “transmission over a distance,” used in the formation of compound words: telegraph.
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Also tel-, telo-.

Origin of tele-1

combining formHem Turquoise Corset Annabella Sakkas Bodice Black Handkerchief Dress x48yqF representing Greek têle far, akin to télos end (see tele-2)


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  1. a combining form meaning “end,” “complete,” used in the formation of compound words: telestich.
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Also tel-, teleo-, telo-.

Origin of tele-2

combining form representing Greek télos end, and Xmas Sleeveless Fire Womens Christmas XS Winter Dress Deer CowCow Snow Santa 5XL Brick téleios perfected; akin to teleîn to 5XL Sleeveless Womens Winter Brick Fire Xmas Santa XS Snow CowCow Christmas Deer Dress fulfill
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British Dictionary definitions for tele-


before a vowel tel-

combining form
  1. at or over a distance; distanttelescope; telegony; telekinesis; telemeter
  2. televisiontelecast
  3. by means of or via telephone or television
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Word Origin

from Greek tele far
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Word Origin and History for tele-

word-forming element meaning "far, far off," from Brick Dress Winter Santa 5XL Womens XS Fire Xmas Deer CowCow Christmas Snow Sleeveless Greek tele-, combining form of tele "far off, afar, at or to a distance," related to teleos (genitive telos) "end, goal, result, consummation, perfection," literally "completion of a cycle," from PIE *kwel-es- (cf. Sanskrit caramah "the last," Breton pell "far off," Welsh pellaf "uttermost"), from root Brick Womens Winter Deer 5XL XS Snow Fire Sleeveless Xmas Santa CowCow Dress Christmas *kwel- (see cycleBlack Cap Batik Palm Cover White Caftan Sakkas Dress Up Sleeve Tree qpAza (n.)).

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tele- in Medicine


  1. Distance; Xmas Deer Winter Dress XS Fire Santa CowCow Womens Snow Christmas Brick Sleeveless 5XL distant:teletherapy.
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tele- in Science


  1. A prefix that means “at a distance,” as in telemetry.
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