Main meanings of en- in English

: en-1en-2

en-1

(also em-)

Pronunciation /ɪn/ /ɛn/

prefix

  • 1(added to nouns) forming verbs meaning ‘put into or on’

    ‘engulf’
    • ‘embed’
  • 2(added to nouns and adjectives) forming verbs expressing conversion into the specified state as in encrust, ennoble, or (in combination with the suffix -en) embolden, enliven.

    ‘embolden’
    • ‘encrust’
  • 3(added to verbs) in; into; on.

    • ‘ensnare’
    1. 3.1As an intensifier.
      • ‘entangle’

Origin

From French, from Latin in-. See also in-, a commonly found by-form.

Main meanings of en- in English

: en-1en-2

en-2

(also em-)

Pronunciation /ɪn/ /ɛn/

prefix

  • Within; inside.

    ‘empathy’
    • ‘energy’
    • ‘enthusiasm’

Origin

From Greek.