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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 Sitwell has a gift for sniffing out the ingredients in a dish or food item. Will Coviello,, "Ladee Hubbard delves into hot sauce and hidden pasts in 'The Rib King'," 18 Jan. 2021 You are disillusioned into thinking equity is a danger to you because America has made safety a luxury item for white folk. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Bruins have a rich history of No. 1 defensemen. Is Charlie McAvoy next in line?," 16 Jan. 2021 Nineteen years ago, a short news item in the Star Tribune caught the eye of Minneapolis native Jana Larson. Angela Ajayi, Star Tribune, "Review: 'Reel Bay: A Cinematic Essay,' by Jana Larson," 15 Jan. 2021 Caught using a bar code for a 28-cent item to ring up 24 items totaling $241, an Eastlake woman, 63, was detained for theft at 4 p.m. Dec. 26 at Walmart. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Police plug the cork on New Year’s Eve champagne party: Bainbridge Township Police Blotter," 14 Jan. 2021 Taco Bell doesn't usually up and pull a beloved menu item. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Taco Bell's potatoes are coming back," 14 Jan. 2021 That item made it onto the committee’s Nov. 4 agenda. Joshua Fechter,, "'We’ve got to find a way': Councilman wants more COVID aid for bars, restaurants," 12 Jan. 2021 After submitting three to five photos, descriptions, item condition, and an asking price, your pieces go up on the site, similar to eBay's setup. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Online Consignment Sites to Score Vintage Fashion," 5 Jan. 2021 However, Whitmer line-item vetoed $220 million from the bill that was destined for the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, "Political battle leaves new Michigan jobless with 20 weeks of benefits instead of 26," 4 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Shifting Demand Cornell said demand has come in waves for different types of products, starting with everyday cleaning products and then shifting to food and beverages and now items like games, crafts and small kitchen appliances. Matthew Boyle,, "Target Dumps 2020 Guidance, Halts Buybacks Amid Uncertainty," 10 May 2020 One items a lot of home cooks don’t have experience cooking is dried beans. oregonlive, "Did you stock up on dried beans? Here’s how to cook them the right way, plus 7 great recipes," 26 Mar. 2020 However, Stinson feels Stovehouse’s setting lends itself to brunch, so expect some new Sunday only items too. Matt Wake |, al, "Alabama barbecue restaurant forced to change name," 25 Feb. 2020 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

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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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25 Jan 2021

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“Item.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce item (audio)

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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