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IM1

noun, plural IMs, IM's
verb (used without object), IM'd or IMed, IM'ing or IMing.
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See Internet.

IM2

1.
Swimming. individual medley.
2.
Sports. intramural.
3.
Also, I.M. Isle of Man.

-im

1.
a plural ending occurring in loanwords from Hebrew:
cherubim.
Origin of -im
From Hebrew

I'm

[ahym] /aɪm/
1.
contraction of I am.
Usage note

im-1

1.
variant of in-2. before b, m, p: imbrute; immigrate; impassion.

im-2

1.
variant of in-3. before b, m, p: imbalance; immoral; imperishable.

im-3

1.
variant of in-1. before b, m, p: imbed; immure; impose.
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Examples from the Web for IM
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  • I went an' done all I could t' cheer 'IM up, an' that's all the thanks I git fer it.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • Anybody would think to 'ear 'IM there wasn't any other plyce in the world!

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • Only people 'ud call 'IM Perce, of course, an' that would be 'orrible.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • "You seemed pretty keen abaht seein' 'IM," he remarked conclusively.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Softly, softly, said the Doctor; IM not so sure they have gone.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
British Dictionary definitions for IM

im

abbreviation
1.
Isle of Man

IM

abbreviation
1.
(computing) instant messaging
2.
Also i.m.. intramuscular
3.
(chess) International Master

im-

prefix
1.
a variant of in-1 , in-2

I'm

/aɪm/
contraction
1.
I am
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Word Origin and History for IM

im-

variant of in- before -b-, -m-, -p-, in the sense of "not, opposite of" (immobile, impersonal) as well as "in, into" (implant, impoverish). See in-. In some English words it alternates with em- (1).

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IM in Medicine

IM abbr.
internal medicine

im- 1
pref.
Variant of in-1.

im- 2
pref.
Variant of in-2.

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