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it

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pronoun \ˈit, ət\

Definition of it

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2 —used as subject of an impersonal verb that expresses a condition or action without reference to an agent it is raining

  3. 3a —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 signedb —used with many verbs as a direct object with little or no meaning footed it back to camp

  4. 4 —used to refer to an explicit or implicit state of affairs or circumstances how is it going

  5. 5 :  a crucial or climactic point this is it

Origin and Etymology of it

Middle English, from Old English hit — more at he


First Known Use: before 12th century


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it

play
noun \ˈit\

Definition of it

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

1842

First Known Use of it

1842


It

abbreviation

Definition of It

  1. Italian; Italy


IT

abbreviation

Definition of IT

  1. information technology


IT Defined for English Language Learners

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it

play
pronoun \ˈit, ət\

Definition of it for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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it

play
noun \ˈit\

Definition of it for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


IT Defined for Kids

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it

play
pronoun \ˈit, ət\

Definition of it for Students

  1. 1 :  the thing, act, or matter about which these words are spoken or written I like your jacket. Is it new?

  2. 2 :  the whole situation How's it going?

  3. 3 —used as a subject of a verb that expresses a condition or action without a doer It's cold outside.


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it

play
noun \ˈit\

Definition of it for Students

  1. :  the player who has to do something special in a children's game Once you get tagged, you're it.


IT

abbreviation

Definition of IT for Students

  1. information technology



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