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Webster 1913 Edition


Im-

Im-

.
A form of the prefix in- not, and in- in. See
In-
. Im- also occurs in composition with some words not of Latin origin;
as,
im
bank,
im
bitter
.

Definition 2022


im-

im-

See also: Appendix:Variations of "im"

English

Prefix

im-

  1. Expressing negation; not.
Derived terms
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Usage notes

Widely used in borrowings (from French and Latin), and productive.

Etymology 2

From em-, from Old French em-, and also from later Middle French im-, partly by confusion with im- of Latin origin (on which see above).

Prefix

im-

  1. Alternative form of the prefix em-, itself variant of en-.
Derived terms
<a class='CategoryTreeLabel CategoryTreeLabelNs14 CategoryTreeLabelCategory' href='/wiki/Category:English_words_prefixed_with_im-'>English words prefixed with im-</a>
Usage notes

Both used in borrowings (from French and Latin), and productive (appended as prefix to existing English words), as in imbed, imbitter, imbody, imbosom, imbower, imbrown; and similarly impark.[1]

See also

<a class='CategoryTreeLabel CategoryTreeLabelNs14 CategoryTreeLabelCategory' href='/wiki/Category:English_words_prefixed_with_im-'>English words prefixed with im-</a>

References

  1. Skeat, Walter W. (1882) An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language. Oxford.

Catalan

Prefix

im-

  1. Form used before a root beginning with the letter b, m, or p of in-

French

Prefix

im-

  1. a form of the prefix in-, used before b, m and p

Irish

Prefix

im- (lenites except with m; becomes iom- before broad m)

  1. about, around, peri-

Prefix

im- (intensive particle; lenites except with m; becomes iom- before broad consonant or vowel)

  1. great, very

Derived terms

<a class='CategoryTreeLabel CategoryTreeLabelNs14 CategoryTreeLabelCategory' href='/wiki/Category:Irish_words_prefixed_with_im-'>Irish words prefixed with im-</a>

References


Italian

Etymology

Assimilated form of in-, before b-/p-/m-.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /im/

Prefix

im-

  1. Alternative form of in-

Latin

Etymology

Assimilated form of in-, before b-/p-/m-.

Prefix

im-

  1. Alternative form of in-

Portuguese

Prefix

im-

  1. a form of the prefix in-, used before b, m and p

Spanish

Prefix

im-

  1. a form of the prefix in-, used before b, m and p

Zulu

Prefix

im- (full noun prefix, basic form m-)

  1. Class 9 noun prefix.

Usage notes

The form im- is used before stems beginning with a labial consonant (m, b or p); in- is used in other cases.

See also