adverb \ˈī-ˌtem, ˈī-təm\

Definition of ITEM

:  and in addition :  also —used to introduce each article in a list or enumeration

Origin of ITEM

Middle English, from Latin, from ita thus
First Known Use: 14th century


noun \ˈī-təm\

: an individual thing : a separate part or thing

: a separate piece of news or information

: two people who are in a romantic or sexual relationship

Full Definition of ITEM

obsolete :  warning, hint
:  a distinct part in an enumeration, account, or series :  article
:  an object of attention, concern, or interest
:  a separate piece of news or information
:  a couple in a romantic or sexual relationship

Examples of ITEM

  1. There are several items for sale.
  2. I need to buy a few household items like soap.
  3. He always orders the most expensive item on the menu.
  4. There are a lot of items on our agenda tonight, so let's start the meeting.
  5. I saw an item in today's paper about the mayor's campaign plans.

First Known Use of ITEM


Synonym Discussion of ITEM

item, detail, particular mean one of the distinct parts of a whole. item applies to each thing specified separately in a list or in a group of things that might be listed or enumerated <every item on the list>. detail applies to one of the small component parts of a larger whole such as a task, building, painting, narration, or process <leave the details to others>. particular stresses the smallness, singleness, and especially the concreteness of a detail or item <a description that included few particulars>.


verb \ˈī-təm\

Definition of ITEM

transitive verb
archaic :  compute, reckon
archaic :  to set down the particular details of

First Known Use of ITEM

ITEMING Defined for Kids


noun \ˈī-təm\

Definition of ITEM for Kids

:  a single thing in a list, account, or series
:  a brief piece of news


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