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English definition of “i.e.”


used especially in writing before a piece of information that makes the meaning of something clearer or shows its true meaning : The hotel is closed during low season , i.e. from October to March . The price must be more realistic , i.e. lower .Meaning and significanceTypifying, illustrating and exemplifying
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