that is.

Nearby words

  1. i.b.t.c.w.h.,
  2. i.c.,
  3. i.c.c.,
  4. i.chem.e.,
  5. i.d.,
  6. i.e.e.e.,
  7. i.f.l.w.u.,
  8. i.f.s.,
  9. i.g.,
  10. i.h.s.

Origin of i.e.

From the Latin word id est

Can be confusede.g. i.e.


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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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