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this

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pronoun this, thəs\

Simple Definition of this

  • : the person, thing, or idea that is present or near in place, time, or thought or that has just been mentioned

  • : the thing that is closest to you or that is being shown to you

  • : the present time

Full Definition of this

plural these play thēz\

  1. 1a (1) :  the person, thing, or idea that is present or near in place, time, or thought or that has just been mentioned <these are my hands> (2) :  what is stated in the following phrase, clause, or discourse <I can only say this: it wasn't here yesterday>b :  this time or place <expected to return before this>

  2. 2a :  the one nearer or more immediately under observation or discussion <this is iron and that is tin>b :  the one more recently referred to

Examples of this

  1. This is my favorite T-shirt.

  2. Anything would be better than this.

  3. What's this right here? It's a very rare gold coin.

  4. Would you take a look at this, please?

  5. All of this is mine.

  6. This is the most fun I've had in years!

  7. It will be difficult. This is true.

  8. What is the meaning of this?

  9. This is silver and that is gold.

  10. This is my jacket and that's yours.



Origin of this

Middle English, pron. & adjective, from Old English thes (masculine), this (neuter); akin to Old High German dese this, Old English thæt that


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with this


2

this

adjective

Simple Definition of this

  • —used to indicate the person, thing, or idea that is present or near in place, time, or thought or that has just been mentioned

  • —used to indicate the thing that is closest to you or that is being shown to you

  • —used to indicate the present period of time or a period of time that is near the present time

Full Definition of this

plural these

  1. 1a :  being the person, thing, or idea that is present or near in place, time, or thought or that has just been mentioned <this book is mine> <early this morning>b :  constituting the immediately following part of the present discoursec :  constituting the immediate past or future <friends all these years>d :  being one not previously mentioned —used especially in narrative to give a sense of immediacy or vividness <then this guy runs in> <had this urge to go shopping>

  2. 2 :  being the nearer at hand or more immediately under observation or discussion <this car or that one>

Examples of this

  1. <some of the best restaurants are on this side of town>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of this

before 12th century


3

this

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adverb this\

Simple Definition of this

  • : to the degree or extent that is suggested in the present situation

  • : to the degree or extent indicated by a gesture

Full Definition of this

  1. :  to the degree or extent indicated by something in the immediate context or situation <didn't expect to wait this long>

Examples of this

  1. We've waited this long for the pizza, we might as well stay until it's ready.

  2. I need a nail about this long.



15th Century

First Known Use of this

15th century



THIS Defined for Kids

1

this

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pronoun this\

Definition of this

plural these thēz\

  1. 1 :  the one nearer <I believe this is your book and that is mine.>

  2. 2 :  the person, thing, or idea that is present or near in place, time, or thought or that has just been mentioned <This is where it happened.> <This is your last chance.>




2

this

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adjective

Definition of this

plural these

  1. 1 :  being the one present, near in place, time, or thought or that has just been mentioned <this morning> <We've been friends all these years.>

  2. 2 :  being the one nearer <Are you reading this book or that one?>




3

this

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adverb this\

Definition of this

  1. 1 :  to the degree suggested by something in the present situation <I didn't expect to wait this long.>

  2. 2 :  to the extent shown (as with the hands) <I need a nail this long.>





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