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Definitions of en

  1. In; Into; as enshrine; enthrone. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. En becomes em before b, p, or m. Gr. en signifies in or on; F. en comes from the L. in, and signifies in or into; en is often used as prefix to augment the force of the word, or to intensify its meaning; en, for AS. em, signifies to make, to surround; some words are written indifferently with en or in as the prefix. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  3. Half an em, that is, half of the unit of space in measuring printed matter. See Em. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A prefix signifying in or into, used in many English words, chiefly those borrowed from the French. Some English words are written indifferently with en-or in-. For ease of pronunciation it is commonly changed to em-before p, b, and m, as in employ, embody, emmew. It is sometimes used to give a causal force, as in enable, enfeeble, to cause to be, or to make, able, or feeble; and sometimes merely gives an intensive force, as in enchasten. See In-. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A prefix from Gr. in, meaning in; as, encephalon, entomology. See In-. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A prefix representing the Greek en, signifying in or on; the Latin in, signifying in or into; or the Saxon em, signifying to make, to surround, or to intensify the meaning. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. A Greek prefix signifying well, easily, &c. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for en

  1. However, Viader went upstream on the east bank 6 leagues to the Rio Merced, having in the meantime passed en frente de ... – The Aboriginal Population of the San Joaquin Valley, California by Sherburne F. Cook
  2. She has further insisted, that till that time he shall leave Silleri; take up his abode at Quebec, unless, which she thinks most adviseable, he should return to Montreal for the winter; and never attempt seeing her without witnesses, as their present situation is particularly delicate, and that whilst it continues they can have nothing to say to each other which their common friends may not with propriety hear: all she can be prevailed on to consent to in his favor, is to allow him en attendant to visit here like any other gentleman. – The History of Emily Montague by Frances Brooke
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