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Webster 1913 Edition


En-

En-

.
1.
[F.
en
-, L.
in
.]
A prefix signifying in or into, used in many English words, chiefly those borrowed from the French. Some English words are written indifferently with en-or in-. For ease of pronunciation it is commonly changed to em-before p, b, and m, as in employ, embody, emmew. It is sometimes used to give a causal force, as in enable, enfeeble, to cause to be, or to make, able, or feeble; and sometimes merely gives an intensive force, as in enchasten. See
In-
.
2.
A prefix from Gr. [GREEK] in, meaning in;
as,
en
cephalon,
en
tomology
. See
In-
.

Definition 2022


en-

en-

See also: Appendix:Variations of "en"

English

Alternative forms

Prefix

en-

  1. in, into, on, onto
  2. covered
  3. caused
  4. as an intensifier

Usage notes

Derived terms

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See also


Catalan

Etymology

Latin in

Prefix

en-

  1. en- (all meanings)

Derived terms

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French

Etymology

Old French en-, from Latin in

Prefix

en-

  1. en- (all meanings)

Derived terms

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Galician

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Latin in.

Prefix

en-

  1. en-, in-

Ido

Etymology

Prefix form of en (in).

Prefix

en-

  1. prefix indicating in
    en- + irar (to go)enirar (to go in; enter)
    en- + swichar (to switch)enswichar (to switch on)

Derived terms

<a class='CategoryTreeLabel CategoryTreeLabelNs14 CategoryTreeLabelCategory' href='/wiki/Category:Ido_words_prefixed_with_en-'>Ido words prefixed with en-</a>

Norman

Etymology

From Old French en-, from Latin in.

Prefix

en-

  1. en- (all meanings)

Derived terms

<a class='CategoryTreeLabel CategoryTreeLabelNs14 CategoryTreeLabelCategory' href='/wiki/Category:Norman_words_prefixed_with_en-'>Norman words prefixed with en-</a>

Occitan

Etymology

Latin in

Prefix

en-

  1. en- (all meanings)

Derived terms

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Old French

Alternative forms

Etymology

Latin in. Influenced by Frankish *an- (intensive prefix), related to Old English on- (intensive prefix).

Prefix

en-

  1. en- (in; into)
  2. en- (intensifier)

Derived terms

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Old Saxon

Etymology

From ēn (one).

Prefix

ēn-

  1. one, uni-, only
    ēnkunni (only, unique)
  2. sole, single, solitary

Portuguese

Etymology

Latin in

Prefix

en-

  1. en- (all meanings)

Derived terms

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Spanish

Etymology

Latin in

Prefix

en-

  1. en- (all meanings)

Derived terms

<a class='CategoryTreeLabel CategoryTreeLabelNs14 CategoryTreeLabelCategory' href='/wiki/Category:Spanish_words_prefixed_with_en-'>Spanish words prefixed with en-</a>

Zulu

Prefix

en- (adjective concord)

  1. Class 9 adjective concord.

Usage notes

The form en- is used in most cases, but em- is used before stems beginning with a labial consonant (m, b or p).

See also