[ ahy-em-ey-pee, ahy-map ]

abbreviation, nounComputers.
  1. Internet Message Access Protocol: a set of standards used to retrieve email from a server so that the recipient can access it: allows synchronization of a mailbox across multiple devices, but not offline access to the emails.: Compare SMTP, Post Office Protocol.

Origin of IMAP

First recorded in 1990–95

Words Nearby IMAP Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for IMAP


/ (ˈaɪˌmæp) /

abbreviation for
    • Internet Message Access Protocol: a way of accessing e-mail messages which are held on an internet server, rather than on an individual's computer

    • (as modifier): an IMAP account/server

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