Re- has the primitive meaning: "to turn".
We will take "walk" as an example to interprete this.
Walk from A to B. This is the context or precondition. And then, there are two choices:
- turn from B back to A.
- and then, turn from A to B again.
These two actions both can be prefixed by "re-".
So "re" has two basic meanings: "again" and "back".
The other two meanings "against" and "away" can also easily be interpreted throuth the primitive meaning "to turn".
- From the view of A, turning from A to B means "away".
- From the view of A, turning from B to A means "against".
|respect||re(again) + spect(look)||Look again and again at somebody.|
|reside||re(back) + side(sit)||Sit back to one place(home) no matter where you go.|
|resident||re(back) + side(sit) + ent(someone who does something)||The people who sit back to one place(home) no matter where they go.|
|resist||re(against) + sist(stand)||Stand against.|
|remove||re(away) + move(move)||Move something away (from a bigger thing).|
|remote||re(away) + mote(move)||Of moving away from us.|