Definition of i.e. abbreviation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌaɪ ˈiː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌaɪ ˈiː//
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used to explain exactly what the previous thing that you have mentioned means (from Latin id est) the basic essentials of life, i.e. housing, food and water Language Banki.e.Explaining what you mean Some poems are mnemonics, i.e. they are designed to help you remember something. Some poems are mnemonics, that is to say, they are designed to help you remember something. Mnemonic poems, that is poems designed to help you remember something, are an excellent way to learn lists. A limerick’s rhyme scheme is A–A–B–B–A. In other words, the first, second, and fifth lines all rhyme with one another, while the third and fourth lines have their own rhyme. In this exercise the reader is encouraged to work out the meaning, or rather the range of meanings, of the poem. This is a poem about death, or, more precisely, dying. He says his poems deal with ‘the big issues’, by which he means love, loss, grief and death. language bank at about Word Originfrom Latin id est ‘that is’.
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