-ee definition, meaning - what is -ee in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “-ee”

See all translations

-ee

suffix uk   us   /-iː/ /-i/

-ee suffix (OBJECT)

added to a verb to form a noun that refers to the person to whom the action of the verb is being done: an employee (= someone who is employed) the payee (= a person who money is paid to) an interviewee (= someone who is being interviewed for a job)

-ee suffix (CONDITION)

added to an adjective, noun, or verb to refer to a person who is in that condition or state: a refugee (= someone who has taken refuge) an escapee (= someone who has escaped)
(Definition of -ee from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of -ee?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

paradox

a situation or statement that seems impossible or is difficult to understand because it contains two opposite facts or characteristics

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

plyscraper noun

May 18, 2015
a skyscraper made mainly from wood The development of engineered timber could herald a new era of eco-friendly ‘plyscrapers’. Christchurch welcomed its first multistorey timber structure this year, there are plans for Vancouver, and the talk is China could follow

Read More