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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 That can mean a wearable, something for your home, something practical or perhaps a luxury item. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 July 2021 Shoppers receive a free gift bag when a baby item is purchased. cleveland, 19 July 2021 While the list of iOS 15 features may not contain a singular blow-away item, the update is nonetheless compelling in its own right. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 15 July 2021 Marsden did some of his own reporting, and on July 18 a small item appeared. Chris Heath, The Atlantic, 15 July 2021 Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned good or household item to donate to the Reynolds family of Woodstock, who experienced a devastating house fire in June., 14 July 2021 Every week, Jaren Morrow tries to think of a surprise menu item to post on Instagram for his Kennedy Street Tacos pop-up at Jackie Lee’s in Brightwood. Washington Post, 14 July 2021 In the meantime, Murillo and his team continue to dig, occasionally stopping when a personal item gives them pause. NBC News, 13 July 2021 Bring your business cards and a raffle item to promote your business. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 July 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,, 10 May 2020 One items a lot of home cooks don’t have experience cooking is dried beans. oregonlive, 26 Mar. 2020 However, Stinson feels Stovehouse’s setting lends itself to brunch, so expect some new Sunday only items too. Matt Wake |, al, 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, 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, 21 Nov. 2019 Her dad worked as a concert promoter and her mom owned a baby items store. Los Angeles Times, 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, 24 July 2019 Officials have not said what items the drone dropped. Cory Shaffer,, 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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24 Jul 2021

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“Item.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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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