Definition of “-ee” - English Dictionary

“-ee” in British English

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-eesuffix

uk / -iː/ /-i/ 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 Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)