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

About the menu: More than 10 items plus a handful of sides, and all under $10. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "South East Harley-Davidson: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 13 July 2019 Vetoed items aligned several programs to the level of spending proposed by the governor in February. Anchorage Daily News, "Full text and video of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s June 28 news conference announcing more than $400 million in budget vetoes," 13 July 2019 Amazon Prime Day: Avoid these deals and items, experts say. 'Property Brothers' sibling JD Scott opens up about illness. Fox News, "Why Ocasio-Cortez's race card play on Pelosi may have backfired; Trump resets strategy in census battle," 12 July 2019 News item: Next season, the NBA will give coaches one opportunity per game to challenge an officiating decision. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Schmuck’s takes on MLB players talking strike, USWNT deserving equal pay, Orioles being on an upswing," 12 July 2019 The items in the limited edition collection, which will hit stores in late July ahead of the show’s 25th anniversary in September, start at just $12.50. Mackenzie Schmidt, PEOPLE.com, "Pottery Barn Announces Friends Collection — And Yes, It Includes Rachel's Apothecary Table," 12 July 2019 Serena Famalette, a Pottery Barn representative, said that there will be 14 items in the collection, ranging from $13 to $1,099. Allen Kim, CNN, "Pottery Barn is releasing a 'Friends' collection so your home can look like Central Perk," 12 July 2019 About 220,000 items, 70,000 more than are in a Walmart supercenter, will be available for next day. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Walmart expands from online groceries, adds next-day delivery of everything else in Texas," 11 July 2019 The suspects would sell the items, often for cash, authorities said. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al.com, "4 arrested, $100,000 in stolen items seized in Huntsville area theft ring," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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