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they

pronoun, possessive their or theirs, objective them.

  1. nominative plural of he, she, and it1.
  2. people in general: They say he’s rich.
  3. (used with a singular indefinite pronoun or singular noun antecedent in place of the definite masculine he or the definite feminine she): Whoever is of voting age, whether they are interested in politics or not, should vote. A person may apply only if they are over 21. They have been an actor since childhood.

pronoun, nominative he, possessive his, objective him; plural nominative they, possessive their or theirs, objective them.

  1. the male person or animal being discussed or last mentioned; that male.
  2. anyone (without reference to gender); that person: He who hesitates is lost.

noun, plural hes.

  1. any male person or animal; a man: hes and shes.

adjective

  1. male (usually used in combination): a he-goat.

pronoun, nominative it, possessive its or (Obsolete or Dialect) it, objective it; plural nominative they, possessive their or theirs, objective them.

  1. (used to represent an inanimate thing understood, previously mentioned, about to be mentioned, or present in the immediate context): It has whitewall tires and red upholstery. You can’t tell a book by its cover.
  2. (used to represent a person or animal understood, previously mentioned, or about to be mentioned whose gender is unknown or disregarded): It was the largest ever caught off the Florida coast. Who was it? It was John. The horse had its saddle on.
  3. (used to represent a group understood or previously mentioned): The judge told the jury it must decide two issues.
  4. (used to represent a concept or abstract idea understood or previously stated): It all started with Adam and Eve. He has been taught to believe it all his life.
  5. (used to represent an action or activity understood, previously mentioned, or about to be mentioned): Since you don’t like it, you don’t have to go skiing.
  6. (used as the impersonal subject of the verb to be, especially to refer to time, distance, or the weather): It is six o’clock. It is five miles to town. It was foggy.
  7. (used in statements expressing an action, condition, fact, circumstance, or situation without reference to an agent): If it weren’t for Edna, I wouldn’t go.
  8. (used in referring to something as the origin or cause of pain, pleasure, etc.): Where does it hurt? It looks bad for the candidate.
  9. (used in referring to a source not specifically named or described): It is said that love is blind.
  10. (used in referring to the general state of affairs; circumstances, fate, or life in general): How’s it going with you?
  11. (used as an anticipatory subject or object to make a sentence more eloquent or suspenseful or to shift emphasis): It is necessary that you do your duty. It was a gun that he was carrying.
  12. Informal. (used instead of the pronoun its before a gerund): It having rained for only one hour didn’t help the crops.

noun

  1. (in children’s games) the player called upon to perform some task, as, in tag, the one who must catch the other players.
  2. Slang.
    1. sex appeal.
    2. sexual intercourse.

Idioms

  1. get with it, Slang. to become active or interested: He was warned to get with it or resign.
  2. have it, Informal.
    1. to love someone: She really has it bad for him.
    2. to possess the requisite abilities for something; be talented, adept, or proficient: In this business youeither have it or you don’t.
  3. with it, Slang.
    1. aware of the latest fads, fashions, etc.; up-to-date.
    2. attentive or alert: I’m just not with it early in the morning.
    3. understanding or appreciative of something, as jazz.
    4. Carnival Slang.being a member of the carnival.

pronoun, singular nominative she, possessive her or hers, objective her; plural nominative they, possessive their or theirs, objective them.

  1. the female person or animal being discussed or last mentioned; that female.
  2. the woman: She who listens learns.
  3. anything considered, as by personification, to be feminine: spring, with all the memories she conjures up.

noun, plural shes.

  1. a female person or animal.
  2. an object or device considered as female or feminine.

pronoun (subjective)

  1. refers to people or things other than the speaker or people addressedthey fight among themselves
  2. refers to unspecified people or people in general not including the speaker or people addressedin Australia they have Christmas in the summer
  3. not standard refers to an indefinite antecedent such as one, whoever, or anybodyif anyone objects, they can go
  4. an archaic word for those blessed are they that mourn

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abbreviation for

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  3. His (or Her) Excellency

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pronoun (subjective)

  1. refers to a female person or animalshe is a doctor; she’s a fine mare
  2. refers to things personified as feminine, such as cars, ships, and nations
  3. Australian and NZ an informal word for it 1 (def. 3) she’s apples; she’ll be right

noun

    1. a female person or animal
    2. (in combination)she-cat

pronoun (subjective)

  1. refers to a male person or animalhe looks interesting; he’s a fine stallion
  2. refers to an indefinite antecedent such as one, whoever, or anybodyeverybody can do as he likes in this country
  3. refers to a person or animal of unknown or unspecified sexa member of the party may vote as he sees fit

noun

    1. a male person or animal
    2. (in combination)he-goat
    1. a children’s game in which one player chases the others in an attempt to touch one of them, who then becomes the chaserCompare tag 2
    2. the person chasingCompare it 1 (def. 7)

noun

  1. the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet (ה), transliterated as h

interjection

  1. an expression of amusement or derisionAlso: he-he!, hee-hee!

pronoun (subjective or objective)

  1. refers to a nonhuman, animal, plant, or inanimate thing, or sometimes to a small babyit looks dangerous; give it a bone
  2. refers to an unspecified or implied antecedent or to a previous or understood clause, phrase, etcit is impossible; I knew it
  3. used to represent human life or experience either in totality or in respect of the present situationhow’s it going?; I’ve had it; to brazen it out
  4. used as a formal subject (or object), referring to a following clause, phrase, or wordit helps to know the truth; I consider it dangerous to go on
  5. used in the nominative as the formal grammatical subject of impersonal verbs. When it functions absolutely in such sentences, not referring to any previous or following clause or phrase, the context is nearly always a description of the environment or of some physical sensationit is raining; it hurts
  6. (used as complement with be) informal the crucial or ultimate pointthe steering failed and I thought that was it

noun

  1. (in children’s games) the player whose turn it is to try to touch anotherCompare he 1 (def. 5b)
  2. informal
    1. sexual intercourse
    2. sex appeal
  3. informal a desirable quality or abilityhe’s really got it

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pron.c.1200, from Old Norse þeir, originally masculine plural demonstrative pronoun, from Proto-Germanic *thai, nominative plural pronoun, from PIE *to- (see that). Gradually replaced Old English hi, hie, plurals of he, heo, hit (see he, she, it) by c.1400. Colloquial use for “anonymous people in authority” is attested from 1886. pron.Old English hit, neuter nominative and accusative of third person singular pronoun, from Proto-Germanic demonstrative base *khi- (cf. Old Frisian hit, Dutch het, Gothic hita “it”), from PIE *ko- “this” (see he). Used in place of any neuter noun, hence, as gender faded in Middle English, it took on the meaning “thing or animal spoken about before.” The h- was lost due to being in an unemphasized position, as in modern speech the h- in “give it to him,” “ask her,” “is only heard in the careful speech of the partially educated” [Weekley]. It “the sex act” is from 1610s; meaning “sex appeal (especially in a woman)” first attested 1904 in works of Rudyard Kipling, popularized 1927 as title of a book by Elinor Glyn, and by application of It Girl to silent-film star Clara Bow (1905-1965). In children’s games, meaning “the one who must tag the others” is attested from 1842. pron.mid-12c., probably evolving from Old English seo, sio (accusative sie), fem. of demonstrative pronoun se “the,” from PIE root *so- “this, that” (see the). The Old English word for “she” was heo, hio, however by 13c. the pronunciation of this had converged by phonetic evolution with he “he,” which apparently led to the fem. demonstrative pronoun being used in place of the pronoun (cf. similar development in Dutch zij, German sie, Greek he, etc.). The original h- survives in her. A relic of the Old English pronoun is in Manchester-area dialectal oo “she.” As a noun meaning “a female,” she is attested from 1530s. pron.Old English he (see paradigm of Old English third person pronoun below), from Proto-Germanic *hi- (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch he, hi, Dutch hy, Old High German he), from PIE *ki-, variant of *ko-, the “this, here” (as opposed to “that, there”) root (cf. Hittite ki “this,” Greek ekeinos “that person,” Old Church Slavonic si, Lithuanian šis “this”), and thus the source of the third person pronouns in Old English. The feminine, hio, was replaced in early Middle English by forms from other stems (see she), while the h- wore off Old English neuter hit to make modern it. The Proto-Germanic root also is the source of the first element in German heute “today,” literally “the day” (cf. Old English heodæg). case SINGULAR – – PLURALmasc. neut. fem. (all genders) nom. he hit heo, hio hie, hi acc. hine hit hie, hi hie, hi gen. his his hire hira, heora dat. him him hire him, heom Pleonastic use with the noun (“Mistah Kurtz, he dead”) is attested from late Old English. With animal words, meaning “male” (he-goat, etc.) from c.1300.

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see bigger they come; let the chips fall where they may. In addition to the idioms beginning with it

  • it figures
  • it never rains but it pours
  • it stands to reason
  • it takes all sorts
  • it takes getting used to
  • it takes one to know one
  • it takes two to tango
  • also see:

  • that does it
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