What is that thing on the floor?
He is good at making things out of clay.
My doctor told me to avoid fatty things like donuts and potato chips.
We must respect all living things.
Birth is a miraculous thing.
It was the worst thing that could have happened.
That sunset was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.
Let's just forget about the whole thing and move on.
The one thing I hate most is being lied to.
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Recent Examples on the WebThe general thing with no dialogue was to allow the actor to keep their real performance and express themselves strictly from their eyes, so their eyes tell more of the story, especially with a good actor like Joel Kinnaman and Catalina Sandino Moreno.—Jordan Moreau, Variety, 1 Dec. 2023 However, people usually cannot see things in the future.—Billboard China, Billboard, 1 Dec. 2023 Some moviegoers, like Isaiah Rivers, 30, have never seen Beyoncé in person — so catching the tour on the big screen with fellow fans felt like the next best thing.—Kaetlyn Liddy, NBC News, 1 Dec. 2023 So there’s every reason to believe the Ukrainian army will keep things simple and fuel up its Abrams with the same diesel its other tank types burn.—David Axe, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Add insects to the quickly growing list of things DAS can spy on.—Matt Simon, WIRED, 30 Nov. 2023 Sponsored by a relative in New York, the Kissinger family packed the few things they were allowed to keep and left Germany for the United States in August 1938, three months before the rampage of Kristallnacht sealed the fate of most Jews who stayed.—Thomas W. Lippman, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2023 There are two things that the Israelis realized are important to the Palestinian, to Arafat’s, narrative.—Emily Bazelon, New York Times, 20 Nov. 2023 Don't forget to follow Allure on Instagram and TikTok, or subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date on all things beauty.—Sarah Han, Allure, 20 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Old English, thing, assembly; akin to Old High German ding thing, assembly, Goth theihs time
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4a
The first known use of thing was
before the 12th century