Origin of i.e.

From the Latin word id est
Can be confusede.g. i.e.

Definition for i.e. (2 of 2)


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British Dictionary definitions for i.e.


abbreviation for

id est

Word Origin for i.e.

Latin: that is (to say); in other words
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Word Origin and History for i.e.


abbreviation of Latin id est, literally "that is;" used in English in the sense of "that is to say."

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Culture definitions for i.e.


An abbreviation for id est, a Latin phrase meaning “that is.” It indicates that an explanation or paraphrase is about to follow: “Many workers expect to put in a forty-hour week — i.e., to work eight hours a day.” (Compare e.g.)

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