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pronoun \ˈyü, yə also yē\

—used to refer to the person or group of people that is being addressed as the subject of a verb or as the object of a verb or preposition

—used to refer to any person or to people in general

Full Definition of YOU

:  the one or ones being addressed —used as the pronoun of the second person singular or plural in any grammatical relation except that of a possessive <you may sit in that chair> —used formerly only as a plural pronoun of the second person in the dative or accusative case as direct or indirect object of a verb or as object of a preposition — compare thee, thou, ye, your, yours
:  one 2a <after a while, it grows on you>

Origin of YOU

Middle English, from Old English ēow, dative & accusative of you; akin to Old High German iu, dative of ir you, Sanskrit yūyam you
First Known Use: before 12th century
YOU Defined for Kids


pronoun \ˈyü, yə\

Definition of YOU for Kids

:  the person, thing, or group these words are spoken or written to <You are absolutely correct.> <Here, Fluffy, I have a treat for you.>
:  anyone at all <You never know what will happen next.>
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