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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


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Definition of item (Entry 2 of 3)

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


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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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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 The rate for 801 items including auto parts will be cut from 5 percent to 2.5 percent. NBC News, "China cuts tariffs on $75 billion of U.S. imports in trade truce," 6 Feb. 2020 Capitol Pub was known for its brunch, and Lochland’s will serve about 80% of the popular brunch items from Capitol’s menu. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Lochland’s bar and restaurant — a new version of Capitol Pub — opens Feb. 6 in Lake Highlands," 5 Feb. 2020 Until last week, Ken Lane, who once ran the Royal London Wax Museum in Victoria, kept Queen Victoria’s wax head in a box in his basement, stored with the heads of Elvis, Grumpy Smurf, and other items from the museum, which shut down in 2010. Dan Bilefsky,, "Like its 2 royal guests, Canada’s most English city reinvents itself," 2 Feb. 2020 At the Kwik Trip exhibit, kids can pretend to shop or be a cashier; gas up a truck; match items from a list to make pizza or a sandwich; and even grab a mug of coffee or a slush. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Child-sized Kwik Trip, Harley and Sendik's are some of the hands-on exhibits at Wisconsin children's museums," 31 Jan. 2020 For this exhibition, the artist, who is of Choctaw and Cherokee descent, has selected items from the museum’s collection to be presented alongside his recent work. Nicole Herrington, New York Times, "Things to Do in N.Y.C. This February," 30 Jan. 2020 Kor will donate pictures, paintings, newspaper articles and documents from the Mengele investigation to the exhibit, along with items from Eva's office at CANDLES. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "A big exhibit about Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor will open in Downtown Indianapolis," 27 Jan. 2020 In February, the Wings will honor Black History Month with a collection of items from Givani, Bowey and Daley on the LCA concourse. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "How Red Wings' Givani Smith used father's lessons to battle racism on road to NHL," 26 Jan. 2020 The State Department has to consider factors including national security, terrorism, international crime and foreign policy when items from the USML are purchased and exported. Josiah Bates, Time, "21 States File Lawsuit Against Trump Administration Over 'Dangerous' Changes to Federal Firearm Regulations," 24 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Wellness Heaven even broke down what items people of various nationalities were most likely to take home with them. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "The strangest items stolen from hotels: Grand pianos, bathroom fixtures, sauna benches," 10 Dec. 2019 To learn more about the organization and to see what items the shop is in need of, visit Amanda Molitor, The Denver Post, "LIV Sotheby’s International Realty celebrates the holiday season by giving back," 21 Nov. 2019 Her dad worked as a concert promoter and her mom owned a baby items store. Los Angeles Times, "Dawn Ostroff’s plan to turn Spotify into the ultimate podcast hub," 9 Sep. 2019 The more patrons know about which items our policy allows and prohibits, the smoother the entrance into Frost. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "Stanford’s Frost Amphitheater organizer talk security issues, safety tips," 24 July 2019 Officials have not said what items the drone dropped. Cory Shaffer,, "Heartless Felons associates ran smuggling ring in Cuyahoga County jail that employed corrections officers, prosecutors say," 19 July 2019 Band instruments Tax-exempt computers and software Computer items $750 or less per article are tax free. Leada Gore |,, "Alabama back-to-school sales tax holiday is July 19-21: List of tax-free items," 2 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of item


1561, in the meaning defined at sense 5


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for item


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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12 Feb 2020

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“Item.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of item

: an individual thing : a separate part or thing
: a separate piece of news or information
informal : two people who are in a romantic or sexual relationship


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Kids Definition of item

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


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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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