item

noun
\ ˈī-təm How to pronounce item (audio) \

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 How to pronounce item (audio) , 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 How to pronounce item (audio) \
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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Universal Standard is discounting a different item each day during its pre-Memorial Day weekend sale. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 May 2022 This is another treat that's better for a select few kids as opposed to a big handout item, but those few will love making mosaic-like pictures with the stickers included. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 23 May 2022 The most exciting of the commercially available silhouettes is the checkerboard mid-top overlaid with Vuitton graffiti by the artist Ghusto Leon, a luxury item with the feel of a custom. New York Times, 20 May 2022 The pig ear taco, a unique menu item at Yoko Taco in Salt Lake City, on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 May 2022 Now, Taco Bell is making a meatless version a standard item. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 Starting Tuesday, Portillo’s will have a new permanent menu item in the mix that could be more insulated from current protein volatilities. Alicia Kelso, Forbes, 16 May 2022 It was written up in a short news item for The New York Times and later garnered a deeper posthumous profile in The Guardian. Eleanor Cummins, The New Republic, 16 May 2022 As a getaway destination, Florida has no shortage of interesting lodging options to help check off a bucket list item or spice up your stay. Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel, 15 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Member credits can be redeemed for any two-piece outfit or item up to $80, online or in store. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 29 Nov. 2021 Member credits can be redeemed for any two-piece outfit or item up to $80, online or in store. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 29 Nov. 2021 Member credits can be redeemed for any two-piece outfit or item up to $80, online or in store. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 29 Nov. 2021 Member credits can be redeemed for any two-piece outfit or item up to $80, online or in store. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 29 Nov. 2021 Member credits can be redeemed for any two-piece outfit or item up to $80, online or in store. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 29 Nov. 2021 Member credits can be redeemed for any two-piece outfit or item up to $80, online or in store. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 29 Nov. 2021 Member credits can be redeemed for any two-piece outfit or item up to $80, online or in store. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 29 Nov. 2021 Member credits can be redeemed for any two-piece outfit or item up to $80, online or in store. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 29 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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Last Updated

25 May 2022

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“Item.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/item. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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item

noun
\ ˈī-təm How to pronounce item (audio) \

Kids Definition of item

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

item

noun
\ ˈī-təm How to pronounce item (audio) \

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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