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  1. isoleucine.
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  1. variant of ileo- before a vowel: ileac.
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  1. a suffix of adjectives expressing capability, susceptibility, liability, aptitude, etc.: agile; docile; ductile; fragile; prehensile; volatile.
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Also -il.

Origin of -ile

From the Latin word -ilis, -īlis
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Examples from the Web for ile

Historical Examples

  • Gasoline and ile are pretty expensive these days, too, but—Eh?

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • I tell her you can't eat an ile paintin'—unless you're born a goat.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • This is the agreed signal for the Ile Royale should assistance be required at night.

    A Set of Six

    Joseph Conrad

  • Under the control of the French, it was known as Ile de France.

  • I thought so at first—they've got the regular "Ile Nou stroke."

British Dictionary definitions for ile


suffix forming adjectives, suffix forming nouns
  1. indicating capability, liability, or a relationship with somethingagile; fragile; juvenile
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Word Origin

via French from Latin or directly from Latin -ilis
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Word Origin and History for ile


suffix denoting ability, capacity, from French -il or directly from Latin -ilis.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ile in Medicine


  1. isoleucine
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