pronoun \ˈit, ət\

: 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

Full Definition of IT

:  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
—used as subject of an impersonal verb that expresses a condition or action without reference to an agent <it is raining>
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>
—used to refer to an explicit or implicit state of affairs or circumstances <how is it going>
:  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


noun \ˈit\

: 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)

Full Definition of IT

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

First Known Use of IT




Definition of IT

Italian; Italy



Definition of IT

information technology


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