what does to word ‘crete’ mean in English?

In my native language, words are created using 'Root Words' + 'Prefixes/suffixes'.
Also the root words make sense for us.

Is English the same?

For example I think the word 'crete' is the root and 'dis,con & ...' are its prefixes creating the words 'concrete' or 'discrete'. And does the word 'crete' have meaning related to the meaning of the words 'concrete' or 'discrete'?
Thanks a lot


There is/was an English word "crete"(n.) meaning a cradle or frame: it is from the Old French "cretin" = basket, and probably gives us the word "crate. It is unrelated to the "-crete" in concrete and accrete, and is now dialect or obsolete.

In concrete the etymology: < Latin concrētus, past participle of concrēscĕre to grow together:

con = together,

Then we have accretion/to accrete Etymology: < classical Latin accrētiōn-, accrētiō increase < accrēt- , past participial stem of accrēscere accresce v. + -iō -ion suffix

Thus -crēscĕre to grow; increase.

Thus concrete something that grows together, i.e. solidifies.

There are various prefixes that attach to the "-crete" of other words which each have their own meaning or meanings.

Italics = OED

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