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he

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pronoun \ˈhē, ē\

Definition of he

  1. 1 :  that male one who is neither speaker nor hearer <he is my father> — compare him, his, it, she, they

  2. 2 —used in a generic sense or when the sex of the person is unspecified <he that hath ears to hear, let him hear — Matthew 11:15(Authorized Version)> <one should do the best he can>

Origin and Etymology of he

Middle English, from Old English hē; akin to Old English hēo she, hit it, Old High German he, Latin cis, citra on this side, Greek ekeinos that person


First Known Use: before 12th century


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he

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noun \ˈhē\

Definition of he

  1. 1 :  a male person or animal

  2. 2 :  one that is strongly masculine or has strong masculine appeal —usually used in combination <that's what I call he-literature — Sinclair Lewis>

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of he

before 12th century


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he

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noun \ˈhā\

Definition of he

  1. :  the 5th letter of the Hebrew alphabet — see alphabet table

Origin and Etymology of he

Hebrew hē'


First Known Use: circa 1567

Other Alphabet Terms


He

symbol

Definition of He

  1. helium

Other Chemical Engineering Terms


HE

abbreviation

Definition of HE

  1. 1 Her Excellency; His Excellency

  2. 2 high explosive

  3. 3 His Eminence

Other Forms of Address Terms



HE Defined for English Language Learners

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he

play
pronoun \ˈhē, ē\

Definition of he for English Language Learners

  • : that male

  • : that person


HE Defined for Kids

he

play
pronoun \ˈhē, ē\

Definition of he for Students

  1. 1 :  that male one <Ask your brother if he wants to go.>

  2. 2 :  that person or one Hint: This sense is used in a general way when the sex of the person is unknown. <Tell whoever is yelling that he should stop.>


Medical Dictionary

He

symbol

Medical Definition of He

  1. helium


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