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1if/ˈɪf/conjunction
1if
/ˈɪf/
conjunction
Learner's definition of IF  
— 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
— used to indicate a result that always occurs when something happens
: even though
— used to introduce a statement or question about something that is not certain
— used to make a polite request or suggestion
   b — used to state an opinion in a polite way
— used in statements that describe feelings (such as regret) about a possible situation
— used in statements and questions that express doubt
10 — used to introduce an even stronger alternative to what has just been said
11 — used to express surprise about meeting someone when it is not expected
12 — used to emphasize the truth of a statement

as if

— see 2as

even if

— see 2even

if anything

— used to make a statement that strongly disagrees or contrasts with a preceding statement

if it comes to that

— see 1come

if I were you

— used when giving advice to people about how they should behave

if not for

: in the absence of (something or someone)— often used in the phrases if it were not for and if it had not been for

if nothing else

: at least— used to stress that an approving statement is true even though a stronger statement might not be

if only

— used to talk about something that you want to happen or be true

if you ask me

— used in statements that express an opinion

if you must

— see 1must

what if

— see 1what
2if/ˈɪf/noun
pluralifs
2if
/ˈɪf/
noun
pluralifs
Learner's definition of IF  
[count]
: something that is not certain: something that could either happen or not happen
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