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

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

Each lost or donated item is one less link to the past. Aram Mrjoian, Longreads, "Bearing the Weight of My Grandfathers’ Old Clothes," 15 June 2019 This item first appeared in the Capital Journal newsletter. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Trump Likes His White House Not Too ‘Wild West’ or ‘Militaristic,’ Official Says," 12 June 2019 The system has evolved over the years, and today includes data-mining capabilities that let suppliers predict what items will be in high demand. Matthew Boyle, Fortune, "China Tariff Watch: Walmart Sets Price-Increase Strategy With Supplier-Cost Tool," 12 June 2019 The items are apparently still part of Hailey's daily wardrobe as Justin has shared a new 'gram showing her wearing Drew House from head-to-toe. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Bieber Wore an Entire Outfit From Justin Bieber’s Drew House Collection," 12 June 2019 The system has evolved over the years and today includes data-mining capabilities that let suppliers predict what items will be in high demand. Matthew Boyle, BostonGlobe.com, "Walmart adjusts to Trump’s tariffs through a price-changing tool," 12 June 2019 Some labels will say how long the item was aged for; others may not. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "These Are the Cheeses That Have the Lowest Levels of Lactose," 11 June 2019 The most expensive item is lamb shoulder glazed with capers at $55. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Former San Francisco fine dining chef opens Mägo, a neighborhood bistro in Oakland," 10 June 2019 Here are the Private Selection items subject to recall: Frozen Triple Berry Medley, 48-ounce packages (UPC 0001111079120 ) and 07-07-20 best by date. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Kroger recalling this product because of hepatitis A contamination," 10 June 2019

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
informal : two people who are in a romantic or sexual relationship

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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