Main definitions of en- in English

: en-1en-2

en-1

(also em-)

Pronunciation /in/ /ɪn/

prefix

  • 1(added to nouns) forming verbs expressing entry into the specified state or location.

    ‘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.

    See -en

    ‘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 definitions of en- in English

: en-1en-2

en-2

(also em-)

Pronunciation /ɪn/

prefix

  • Within; inside.

    ‘encyst’
    • ‘endemic’
    • ‘embolism’
    • ‘empyema’

Origin

From Greek.