Meaning of “IM” in the English Dictionary

"IM" in British English

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IM

uk /ˌaɪˈem/ us /ˌaɪˈem/

I'm

uk /aɪm/ us /aɪm/

short form of I am:

I'm so happy for you!

More examples

  • I'm hungry. What's for dinner?
  • I'm determined to get a better job.
  • When I'm older, I'm going to be a famous artist.
  • I get terribly nervous when I'm speaking in public.
  • I've told Steve I'm not interested, but he keeps asking me out.

(Definition of “IM” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"IM" in American English

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IMverb [ T ]

us /ɑɪˈem/ IM's, present participle IM'ing, past tense IM'd also instant message

to communicate with someone over the Internet using a program that sends and receives messages without delay:

I finish my homework, take out the garbage, and then IM my friends.

I’m

us /ɑɪm/

contraction of I am:

I’m sorry I’m late.

(Definition of “IM” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"IM" in Business English

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IMnoun [ U ]

uk us

COMMUNICATIONS, INTERNET abbreviation for instant messaging: a service available on the internet that allows you to exchange written messages very quickly with someone who is using the internet at the same time:

Some businesses use IM for quick updates on project status or meeting times.

COMMUNICATIONS, INTERNET abbreviation for instant message: a written message that can be sent over the internet to someone who is using the internet at the same time:

Thanks to the internet, students say that if they get stuck on a math problem, help is only an IM away.

IT abbreviation for information management

IMverb [ I or T ]

uk us

COMMUNICATIONS, INTERNET abbreviation for instant message: to use the internet to exchange written messages very quickly with someone who is using the internet at the same time:

IM with sb By setting up internal IM services, you can more easily IM with your corporate clients.
The app lets you IM your friends directly from your mobile phone.

(Definition of “IM” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)