Definitions for ifɪf

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word if

Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. in case that; granting or supposing that; on condition that:

    If I were you, I wouldn't worry. I'll go if you do.

    Category: Function Word

  2. even though:

    an enthusiastic if small audience.

    Category: Function Word

  3. whether:

    She asked if I knew Spanish.

    Category: Function Word

  4. (used to introduce an exclamatory phrase):

    If only Dad could see me now!

    Category: Function Word

  5. that:

    I'm sorry if you don't agree.

    Category: Function Word

  6. (n.)a supposition; uncertain possibility.

  7. a condition or stipulation:

    There are too many ifs in his agreement.

Idioms for if:

  1. ifs, ands, or buts,qualifications or excuses.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Idiom

* Usage: if meaning “whether,” as in I haven't decided if I'll go, is sometimes criticized, but the usage has been standard in English for a long time and is found in Shakespeare, Dryden, and the King James Bible.

Origin of if:

bef. 900; ME, var. of yif, OE gif, gef

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. if(conjunction)ɪf

    indicates sth happens when sth else happens or exists

    If he can save enough money he's going to travel around Europe.; You won't get paid if you don't go to work.

  2. ifɪf


    We asked him if he wanted to come to the party.; I'm not sure if this is good news or not.

  3. ifɪf

    indicates when sth always happens

    If I drink too much coffee, I start to feel dizzy.; She'll be grumpy tomorrow if she goes to bed too late.

  4. ifɪf

    indicates sb's feelings about a possibility

    I apologize if the music was too loud.; I don't care if she never speaks to us again.

  5. ifɪf

    indicates you are about to give advice

    If I were you I'd take an umbrella.

  6. ifɪf

    indicates regret that a situation is not different

    If only she'd told me she was in trouble. I could have helped.


  1. if(Noun)


  2. if(Noun)

    An uncertainty, possibility, condition, doubt etc.

  3. if(Conjunction)

    Supposing that, assuming that, in the circumstances that;

    If it rains, I will get wet.

  4. if(Conjunction)

    Supposing that;

    I'd prefer it if you took your shoes off.

  5. if(Conjunction)


    He was a great friend, if a little stingy at the bar.

  6. if(Conjunction)

    In the event that a statement is true (a programming statement that acts in a similar manner).

    If A, then B, else C.

  7. if(Conjunction)


    I don't know if I want to go or not.

  8. if(Conjunction)

    Even if; even in the circumstances that.

  9. Origin: yif, yef, from gif. Cognate with ef and efte (with the variants ifte and ef).

Webster Dictionary

  1. If

    in case that; granting, allowing, or supposing that; -- introducing a condition or supposition

  2. If

    whether; -- in dependent questions


  1. If

    If was an American science fiction magazine launched in March 1952 by Quinn Publications, owned by James L. Quinn. Quinn hired Paul W. Fairman to be the first editor, but early circulation figures were disappointing, and Quinn fired Fairman after only three issues. Quinn then took over the editorial position himself. He stayed in that role until late 1958, though Larry T. Shaw took over most editorial duties for a year from mid-1953. In 1958 Damon Knight was hired as editor, but within three issues Quinn sold the magazine to Robert Guinn at Galaxy Publishing. The new editor at Galaxy Publishing was Horace L. Gold, who was also editing Galaxy Science Fiction. After two years Frederik Pohl took over as editor, and it was under Pohl that If achieved its greatest success, winning the Hugo Award for best professional magazine three years running from 1966 to 1968. In 1969 Guinn sold all his magazines to Universal Publishing and Distribution. Pohl decided not to continue as editor as he wanted to return to his writing career. Ejler Jakobsson became editor; the magazine was not successful under his management and circulation plummeted. In early 1974 Jim Baen took over from Jakobsson as editor, but increasing paper costs meant that UPD could no longer afford to publish both Galaxy and If. Galaxy was regarded as the senior of the two magazines, so If was merged into Galaxy after the December 1974 issue, its 175th issue overall. A semi-professional magazine named If appeared in 1986, intended as a revival of the original, but it folded after a single issue.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. If

    an islet in the Gulf of Marseilles, with a castle built by Francis I., and afterwards used as a State prison.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. if

    1. A tightrope that stretches from But to But. 2. A small, magical, automatic hinge that can swing the doors of Chance in any direction. 3. A fatality endowed with free will. 4. The verbal sword of Damocles. 5. A dizzy precipice at the end of every declarative sentence. 6. A pole around which the future and the past play hide-and-seek. 7. The vorspiel to the piker's threnody. _E. g._ (Scene: a narrow bridge.): "Let me pass, fellow! my name is Must, and I desire to cross." If (standing in the middle of the bridge): "You damn fool, don't you see I am the end of the bridge? There is no Must nor Might that can go beyond me."

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'if' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #49

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'if' in Written Corpus Frequency: #39

Anagrams of if

  1. Fi, fi

Translations for if

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


in the event that; on condition that

He will have to go into hospital if his illness gets any worse; I'll only stay if you can stay too.

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