item

noun
\ ˈī-təm \

Definition of item 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a distinct part in an enumeration, account, or series : article
2 : an object of attention, concern, or interest
3 : a separate piece of news or information
4 : a couple in a romantic or sexual relationship
5 obsolete : warning, hint

item

adverb
\ ˈī-ˌtem, ˈī-təm\

Definition of item (Entry 2 of 3)

: and in addition : also used to introduce each article in a list or enumeration

item

verb
\ ˈī-təm \
itemed; iteming; items

Definition of item (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 archaic : compute, reckon
2 archaic : to set down the particular details of

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Synonyms for item

Synonyms: Noun

detail, particular, point

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Noun

item, detail, particular mean one of the distinct parts of a whole. item applies to each thing specified separately in a list or in a group of things that might be listed or enumerated. every item on the list detail applies to one of the small component parts of a larger whole such as a task, building, painting, narration, or process. leave the details to others particular stresses the smallness, singleness, and especially the concreteness of a detail or item. a description that included few particulars

Examples of item in a Sentence

Noun

There are several items for sale. I need to buy a few household items like soap. He always orders the most expensive item on the menu. There are a lot of items on our agenda tonight, so let's start the meeting. I saw an item in today's paper about the mayor's campaign plans.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Most of the clothing is military issue although some items, including wool underlayers and socks, were often made by civilian women back home supporting the war effort. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How British Soldiers in the Great War Dressed," 31 Dec. 2018 But those clothes aren’t what pay the bills; workaday items like jeans and underwear are. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The Calvin Klein brand hired big-name fashion designer Raf Simons to build relevancy. Now he’s out.," 27 Dec. 2018 This format began with eyeglasses a few years ago and spread to personal care items, fashion, and mattresses. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The rise of the direct-to-consumer home," 21 Dec. 2018 Best Buy is offering free shipping until December 25th, Target is shipping items for free until December 22nd, and Amazon will end its free two-day shipping for non-Prime members on December 18th. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "This week’s best deals include cheap iPads, video games, e-readers, and more," 15 Dec. 2018 Malin's secret to a festive space that's not overwhelming is keeping an open mind, and not boxing himself in by thinking traditional items are the only way. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Gray Malin's Holiday Decor Proves That Coral Is The Best Christmas Color," 12 Dec. 2018 Another item of interest is the Christmas day menu. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Charlotte and Prince George Will Have Their Own Tree to Decorate This Christmas," 2 Dec. 2018 Open them up, grab some forks, and try to guess what each item is. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "25 Fun Challenges to Play With Your Friends," 27 Nov. 2018 Lonely Lingerie: Select items at Lonely are 30% off from 6:00 P.M. on Thanksgiving through 11:59 P.M. on Cyber Monday. Glamour, "Black Friday Deals 2018: Everything We Know So Far," 12 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The patio has its own menu, with essentials like brats and hot dogs but also items like a memorable pork sausage made with makrut lime and chile and topped with mango relish. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dining patios proliferate around Milwaukee; a look at some new ones for 2018," 10 July 2018 Some of the most popular Prime Now items ordered in Houston include avocados, strawberries and bananas. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Amazon will now deliver beer and wine almost immediately in Houston," 20 June 2018 But in the case of taxing textiles and denim (Levi’s specifically), which aren’t even items the United States counts among its top exports, what's the point? refinery29.com, "Why Is The European Union Going After Our Jeans?," 1 June 2018 Hampton did not know what items Eastland was suspected of taking from the store. Nashelly Chavez, sacbee, "Shoplifting suspect dies after brawl with Carmichael grocery store security | The Sacramento Bee," 14 May 2018 Explore the unique, and one of a kind items up for bid in our extravagant silent auction. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Witamy - Welcome! A Texas-sized Polish party is slated for this weekend," 1 May 2018 For the first time ever, a Waffle House location in Georgia is adding a new, adults only item to their menu — beer. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Waffle House sells beer for first time at Georgia baseball stadium," 19 Apr. 2018 Figuring out via algorithms what items to offer shoppers has bedeviled retailers for years. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Macy's Ramps Up Tech Push With Virtual Reality and Personalized Online Shopping," 19 Mar. 2018 Teachers have rallied behind the family, donating clothes, a winter coat, and whatever items their student may need. Helen Ubiñas, Philly.com, "A young girl reminds us that #NotEverythingIsAwful | Helen Ubiñas," 8 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of item

Noun

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 5

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for item

Adverb

Middle English, from Latin, from ita thus

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The first known use of item was in the 14th century

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item

noun

English Language Learners Definition of item

: an individual thing : a separate part or thing

: a separate piece of news or information

: two people who are in a romantic or sexual relationship

item

noun
\ ˈī-təm \

Kids Definition of item

1 : a single thing in a list, account, or series
2 : a brief piece of news

item

noun
\ ˈī-təm \

Legal Definition of item 

1 : a distinct part in an enumeration, account, or series
2 : a financial instrument (as a check or draft)

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