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en-

Syllabification: en-
(also em-)

Definition of en- in English:

prefix

1Forming verbs (added to nouns) expressing entry into the specified state or location: engulf embed
2Forming verbs (added to nouns and adjectives) expressing conversion into the specified state (as in encrust, ennoble).
2.1Often forming verbs having the suffix -en (as in embolden, enliven).
3(Added to verbs) in; into; on: ensnare

Origin

from French, from Latin in-. See also in-2, a commonly found by-form.

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