Main definitions of i in English

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i1

"i"
Mathematics
  • The imaginary quantity equal to the square root of minus one.

    Compare with j

Pronunciation

i

/ʌɪ/

Main definitions of i in English

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I2

pronoun

  • 1first person singular Used by a speaker to refer to himself or herself.

    ‘accept me for what I am’
    • ‘Anyway, here is the list of movies I watched.’
    • ‘If this was for real it would go down as the strangest mobile phone design that I have ever seen.’
    1. 1.1West Indian Me.
      ‘Junior tell I is the army him a'work for’
    2. 1.2West Indian (especially among Rastafarians) used in reference to oneself or to people in general.
      ‘I and I must submit to and follow Jah’
      • ‘These turbans or crowns are a form of anciency representing the royalty of I and I Rastafari people from ancient times until this time.’
      • ‘The information I-man retrieved is not from one book, but many.’

Main definitions of i in English

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I3

(also i)

noun

  • 1The ninth letter of the alphabet.

    • ‘However, because of the Latin contributions to English, the letter "i" does not always comply.’
    • ‘The letter i is made up of a single minim, with or without a dot above it.’
    1. 1.1 Denoting the next after H in a set of items, categories, etc.
  • 2The Roman numeral for one.

    • ‘Only assets included in Section I that are pledged should be reported here.’

noun

Philosophy
  • (in metaphysics) the subject or object of self-consciousness; the ego.

    ego, oneself, persona, person, identity, character, personality, psyche, soul, spirit, mind, intellect, inner man, inner person, inner woman, inner self, one's innermost feelings, one's heart of hearts
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Usage

Why is it incorrect to say between you and I (rather than between you and me)? Why is it also wrong to say John and me went to the shops (instead of John and I went to the shops)? Should you say she's much better than me or she's much better than I? For a discussion of such questions, see between and personal pronoun

Phrases

  • dot the i's and cross the t's

    • Ensure that all details are correct.

      ‘I just have to dot the i's and cross the t's on my dissertation’
      • ‘Maybe they are so dysfunctional that Parliament has to prescribe that they dot the i's and cross the t's in whatever they have to do.’
      • ‘He also told us last week that they just needed to dot the i's and cross the t's to complete their takeover but now he's saying the creditors' meeting won't take place until at least September.’
      • ‘‘All that's left to do is dot the i's and cross the t's,’ Tuttle said.’
      • ‘She finished dotting her I's and crossing her T's and handed her teacher her paper.’
      • ‘They tended to sue him any chance they got, so it was vital to have every I dotted and every T crossed in their notes.’
      • ‘We are being held up, however, while we wait for the council to dot the i's and cross the t's.’
      • ‘It's important to take the time to do the research - check the facts, dot the i's and cross the t's, especially when a particular piece could end up in print.’
      • ‘I still think the military procurement system needs more flexibility - but it also needs to be managed by competent staffs with the capability to dot the i's and cross the t's of their contracts.’
      • ‘I didn't do much at work apart from filling out my appraisal as there is pressure to dot the i's and cross the t's as redundancy stalks the office for the SEVENTH time in 3 years.’
      • ‘I reckon our copies were hardly off the press before the boys in Swindon began dotting the i's and crossing the t's on their press release announcing the lowest mortgage rate in 30 years.’

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ik and German ich, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin ego and Greek egō.

Pronunciation

I

/ʌɪ/

Main definitions of i in English

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I4

  • 1Island(s) or Isle(s) (chiefly on maps).

  • 2Italy (international vehicle registration).

  • 1Electric current.

    ‘V = I/R’
  • 2The chemical element iodine.

Pronunciation

I

/ʌɪ/