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abbreviation or noun

plural IPs also IP's
: intellectual property
They are racing to protect their own nanotechnology intellectual property (IP) or to license or buy it from universities, companies, or other groups. Nanotech IP is particularly valuable right now because it is the foundation for a young and expansive field …Susan J. Ainsworth
… Hollywood's obsession with IP has created a scenario where the movies are more expensive while the bar for success is lower.Scott Mendelson
Should Microsoft beat out other prospective buyers, it could mean that future games from IPs such as LEGO, Harry Potter, Just Cause, Batman, Mortal Kombat and more could become Xbox exclusives …Stephen Lambrechts


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initial point
sports innings pitched
intermediate pressure
Internet protocol (see protocol sense 3b)
Every computer, modem, server and smartphone that connects to the Internet has a unique Internet protocol (IP) address, which enables users to find it. The address format, known as IPv4, was standardized in 1977 as a 32-digit binary number, making a then seemingly unlimited 4.3 billion addresses … available.Mark Fischetti
see also ip address

Examples of IP in a Sentence

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Lucrative production services can co-finance own production which creates company asset value, via IP ownership, notes Sebastián Álvarez at Volcano Films. John Hopewell, Variety, 20 May 2024 Twenty-nine books comprise the inaugural IP List, which is supported by the Nielsen Foundation through its Data for Good grants program. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 May 2024 The company only gains access to your IP address, which can be concealed with a VPN. Kate Irwin, PCMAG, 10 May 2024 Note about this week’s episode: Apple continues to deny Masimo’s IP claims. Fortune Editors, Fortune, 8 May 2024 Nintendo, of course, brings its own in-house IP to the table for its devices, including the worlds of Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 May 2024 Other pieces of information that could have been compromised are IP addresses, account usernames, and data on how members used the Kaiser website. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2024 For example, a detailed study of China’s Digital Silk Road investment in Africa found that although eight African DSR members supported China’s New IP proposal for increasing state control over the Internet, more African DSR members did not write in support of it. Elizabeth Economy, Foreign Affairs, 23 Apr. 2024 My Personal Information | Ad Choices FORTUNE is a trademark of Fortune Media IP Limited, registered in the U.S. and other countries. Alexa Mikhail, Fortune Well, 23 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

Abbreviation Or Noun

1979, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of IP was in 1979

Dictionary Entries Near IP

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“IP.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/IP. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


intraperitoneal; intraperitoneally

Legal Definition


intellectual property
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