[ ahy-em ]
/ ˈaɪˈɛm /
noun, plural IMs, IM's
verb (used without object), IM'd or IMed, IM'ing or IMing.
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Origin of IM1
First recorded in 1990–95
historical usage of IM
Definition for IM (2 of 7)
Swimming. individual medley.
Also I.M. Isle of Man.
Definition for IM (3 of 7)
[ ahym ]
/ aɪm /
contraction of I am.
usage note for I'm
Definition for IM (4 of 7)
variant of in-2 before b, m, p: imbrute; immigrate; impassion.
Definition for IM (5 of 7)
variant of in-3 before b, m, p: imbalance; immoral; imperishable.
Definition for IM (6 of 7)
variant of in-1 before b, m, p: imbed; immure; impose.
Definition for IM (7 of 7)
a plural ending occurring in loanwords from Hebrew: cherubim.
Origin of -im
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British Dictionary definitions for IM (1 of 4)
the internet domain name for
Isle of Man
British Dictionary definitions for IM (2 of 4)
computing instant messaging
Also: i.m. intramuscular
chess International Master
British Dictionary definitions for IM (3 of 4)
/ (aɪm) /
British Dictionary definitions for IM (4 of 4)
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Medical definitions for IM (1 of 3)
Medical definitions for IM (2 of 3)
Medical definitions for IM (3 of 3)
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