if


1if

conjunction \ˈif, əf\

—used to talk about the result or effect of something that may happen or be true

—used to discuss the imaginary result or effect of something that did not happen or that is or was not true

—used to say that something must happen before another thing can happen

Full Definition of IF

1
a :  in the event that
b :  allowing that
c :  on the assumption that
d :  on condition that
2
:  whether <asked if the mail had come> <I doubt if I'll pass the course>
3
—used as a function word to introduce an exclamation expressing a wish <if it would only rain>
4
:  even though :  although perhaps <an interesting if untenable argument>
5
:  and perhaps not even <few if any changes are expected> —often used with not <difficult if not impossible>
if anything
:  on the contrary even :  perhaps even <if anything, you ought to apologize>

Origin of IF

Middle English, from Old English gif; akin to Old High German ibu if
First Known Use: before 12th century

2if

noun \ˈif\

: something that is not certain : something that could either happen or not happen

Full Definition of IF

1
:  condition, stipulation <the question … depends on too many ifs to allow an answer — Encounter>

Examples of IF

  1. There are too many ifs in this proposal.
  2. <your conclusion may turn out to be accurate, but you're postulating a lot of ifs>

First Known Use of IF

1513

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