in & im
These ROOT-WORDS are the Prefixes IN & IM meaning IN & INTO. I know on a previous page I said IN & IM mean NOT. And now the very same ROOT-WORDS mean IN & INTO. Well, that’s life! And these ROOT-WORDS are just as contrary. No help for its. When you see IN or IM you’ll have to stop and think. Is it NOT or IN? One good thing, though: the rules for labials remain the same. IN become IM before b, m, and p.
1. Interior: IN terior (in ter’ ee or) n.
The inside; the inner part
2. Influx: IN flux (in’ fluks) n.
An inward flow
3. Ingress: IN gress (in’ gres) n.
Act of entering; coming in
4. Inhale: IN hale (in hale’) v.
To breathe in
5. Imbue: IM bue (im byue’) v.
To inspire; as, to imbue with a love for books
6. Imbibe: IM bibe (im bibe’) v.
To drink in; to take into the mind; as, to imbibe wisdom
7. Immure: IM mure (im yure’) v.
To wall in; build a wall around
8. Immigrate: IM migrate (im’ i grate) v.
To come into a country in order to settle
9. Immigrant: IM migrant (im’ I grant) n.
One who comes into a country as a settle
10. Imminent: IM minent (im’ I nent) adj.
About to occur
11. Immingle: IM mingle (im ming’ gl) v.
Mix with; join; blend
12. Important: IM portent (im port’ ant) adj.
13. Impress: IM press (im pres’) v.
To leave a mark or an image on
14. Impression: IM pression (im presh’ un) n.
The mark or image one leaves
15. Impressionable: IM pressionable (im presh’ us na b’l) adj.
16. Imprison: IM prison (im priz’ on) v.
Put into jail
17. Implosion: IM plosion (im ploe’ zhun) n.
A bursting inward
18. Impinges: IM pinge (im pinj’) v.
To dash, strike; to come into close contact with something
19. Imperil: IM peril (im per’ il) v.
To put into danger
20. Impulsive: IM pulsive (im puls’ iv) adj.
To act suddenly; to cause to be
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