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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for item

Synonyms: Noun

detail, particular, point

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for item

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

They were told that the items could be used as a makeshift bathroom in the event their school was placed on an extended lockdown. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Teachers and parents prepare students for a new school year after a deadly summer," 24 Aug. 2019 The following items were taken from area police department reports and releases. Deborah Kadin, chicagotribune.com, "Norridge police blotter: Four charged with theft at Harlem Irving Plaza," 23 Aug. 2019 All the while, politics continued to fade from the first items on the agendas distributed at donor summits. Philip Elliott, Time, "David Koch's Millions Remade the Republican Party. He Didn't Like the Results," 23 Aug. 2019 Before the final vote took place, Wheeler made a motion to amend the agenda item to elect Harrison and Schoenbein as mayor pro tem, citing the city needs representation from both ends of the city. Tyler Johnson, Houston Chronicle, "Sharply divided Pasadena council finally selects mayors pro tem," 21 Aug. 2019 The directors will consider the Aug. 13 agenda items at a special board meeting at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane. Ramona Sentinel, "Water district to hold special board meeting," 19 Aug. 2019 Jail officials called the items contraband in a disciplinary report. Skyler Swisher, sun-sentinel.com, "Jeffrey Epstein’s unusual lockup detailed in records, from jailhouse panties to contraband facial exercise manual," 19 Aug. 2019 Police say the items thrown by 40-year-old Joseph J. Lee were causing damage to the cars on the street below his third-story window. oregonlive.com, "Man arrested after throwing furniture from his window in North Portland, police say," 18 Aug. 2019 The council will take the item up at a future meeting. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Proposed bridge would connect Newport Beach parks, help pedestrians avoid busy Coast Highway crossing," 16 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, cleveland.com, "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 | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "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 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'item.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about item

Statistics for item

Last Updated

27 Aug 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for item

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for item

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)

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on item

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with item

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for item

Spanish Central: Translation of item

Nglish: Translation of item for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of item for Arabic Speakers

Comments on item

What made you want to look up item? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

concealment of treason or felony

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!