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them

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pronoun \ (t͟h)əm , ˈt͟hem , after p , b , v , f also ᵊm \

Definition of them

1 :they 1 used as object of a verb or preposition
  • took them back
  • gave it to them
2 :those used especially as antecedent to a relative pronoun
  • the best of them that speak this speech
  • —William Shakespeare
used as the subject of a verb chiefly in nonstandard speech and for humorous effect
  • them is fighting words
  • objective case of they

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First Known Use of them

before 12th century


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them

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adjective \ ˈt͟hem \

Definition of them

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

First Known Use of them

1594



THEM Defined for English Language Learners

them

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pronoun

Definition of them for English Language Learners

  • —used to refer to certain people, animals, or things as the objects of a verb or preposition

  • : him or her

  • : those


THEM Defined for Kids

them

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pronoun \ t͟həm , ˈt͟hem \

Definition of them for Students

  • objective case of they


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