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it

pronoun \ ˈit , ət \

Definition of it

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 used as subject of an impersonal verb that expresses a condition or action without reference to an agent
  • it is raining
3 a 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 signed
b used with many verbs as a direct object with little or no meaning
  • footed it back to camp
4 used to refer to an explicit or implicit state of affairs or circumstances
  • how is it going
5 :a crucial or climactic point
  • this is it

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Origin and Etymology of it

Middle English, from Old English hit — more at he


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it

noun \ ˈit \

Definition of it

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

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First Known Use of it

1842


It

abbreviation

Definition of It

Italian; Italy

IT

abbreviation

Definition of IT

information technology

IT Defined for English Language Learners

it

pronoun

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


it

noun

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

pronoun \ ˈit , ət \

Definition of it for Students

1 :the thing, act, or matter about which these words are spoken or written
  • I like your jacket. Is it new?
2 :the whole situation
  • How's it going?
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

noun \ ˈit \

Definition of it for Students

: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

information technology


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