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it

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pronoun \ˈit, ət\

Simple Definition of it

  • : that one just mentioned

  • —used as the subject of a verb that describes a condition or occurrence

  • —used in the place of a noun, phrase, or clause that usually comes later

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of it

  1. 1 :  that one —used as subject or direct object or indirect object of a verb or object of a preposition usually in reference to a lifeless thing <took a quick look at the house and noticed it was very old>, a plant <there is a rosebush near the fence and it is now blooming>, a person or animal whose sex is unknown or disregarded <don't know who it is>, a group of individuals or things, or an abstract entity <beauty is everywhere and it is a source of joy> — compare he, its, she, they

  2. 2 —used as subject of an impersonal verb that expresses a condition or action without reference to an agent <it is raining>

  3. 3 a —used as anticipatory subject or object of a verb <it is necessary to repeat the whole thing> ; often used to shift emphasis to a part of a statement other than the subject <it was in this city that the treaty was signed> b —used with many verbs as a direct object with little or no meaning <footed it back to camp>

  4. 4 —used to refer to an explicit or implicit state of affairs or circumstances <how is it going>

  5. 5 :  a crucial or climactic point <this is it>

Origin of it

Middle English, from Old English hit — more at he


First Known Use: before 12th century


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it

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noun \ˈit\

Simple Definition of it

  • : the player in some children's games (such as hide-and-seek and tag) who performs the main action of the game (such as finding or catching other players)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of it

  1. :  the player in a game who performs the principal action of the game (as trying to find others in hide-and-seek)

1842

First Known Use of it

1842


It

abbreviation

Definition of It

  1. Italian; Italy




IT

abbreviation

Definition of IT

  1. information technology




IT Defined for Kids

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it

play
pronoun \ˈit, ət\

Definition of it for Students

  1. 1 :  the thing, act, or matter about which these words are spoken or written <I like your jacket. Is it new?>

  2. 2 :  the whole situation <How's it going?>

  3. 3 —used as a subject of a verb that expresses a condition or action without a doer <It's cold outside.>




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it

play
noun \ˈit\

Definition of it for Students

  1. :  the player who has to do something special in a children's game <Once you get tagged, you're it.>




IT

abbreviation

Definition of IT for Students

  1. information technology




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