them

pronoun
\ (t͟h)əm, ˈt͟hem How to pronounce them (audio) , after p, b, v, f also ᵊm \

Definition of them

 (Entry 1 of 2)

objective case of they

1 : they sense 1 used as object of a verb or prepositiontook them backgave it to them
2 : those used especially as antecedent to a relative pronounthe best of them that speak this speech— William Shakespeare used as the subject of a verb chiefly in nonstandard speech and for humorous effectthem is fighting words
\ ˈt͟hem How to pronounce them (audio) \

Definition of them (Entry 2 of 2)

nonstandard
: those used chiefly in nonstandard speech and for humorous effect

First Known Use of them

Pronoun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1594, in the meaning defined above

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“Them.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/them. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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them

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How to pronounce them (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of them

used to refer to certain people, animals, or things as the objects of a verb or preposition
: him or her
informal + humorous : those

them

pronoun
\ t͟həm How to pronounce them (audio) , ˈt͟hem \

Kids Definition of them

objective case of they

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