noun \ˈthiŋ\

Definition of thing

  1. 1 :  an object or entity not precisely designated or capable of being designated use this thing

  2. 2a :  an inanimate object distinguished from a living beingb :  a separate and distinct individual quality, fact, idea, or usually entityc :  the concrete entity as distinguished from its appearancesd :  a spatial entity

  3. 3 :  individual not a living thing in sight

  4. 4a :  a matter of concern :  affair many things to dob things plural :  state of affairs in general or within a specified or implied sphere things are improvingc :  a particular state of affairs :  situation look at this thing another wayd :  event, circumstance that shooting was a terrible thing

  5. 5a things plural :  possessions, effects pack your thingsb :  whatever may be possessed or owned or be the object of a rightc :  an article of clothing not a thing to weard things plural :  equipment or utensils especially for a particular purpose bring the tea things

  6. 6a :  deed, act, accomplishment do great thingsb :  a product of work or activity likes to build thingsc :  the aim of effort or activity the thing is to get well

  7. 7a :  something (such as an activity) that makes a strong appeal to the individual :  forte, specialty letting students do their own thingNewsweek I think travelling is very much a novelist's thing — Philip Larkinb :  a mild obsession or phobia has a thing about driving; also :  the object of such an obsession or phobia

  8. 8a :  detail, point checks every little thingb :  a material or substance of a specified kind avoid fatty things

  9. 9a :  idea, notion says the first thing he thinks ofb :  a piece of news or information couldn't get a thing out of himc :  a spoken or written observation or point

  10. 10 :  the proper or fashionable way of behaving, talking, or dressing —used with the

Examples of thing in a Sentence

  1. What is that thing on the floor?

  2. He is good at making things out of clay.

  3. My doctor told me to avoid fatty things like donuts and potato chips.

  4. We must respect all living things.

  5. Birth is a miraculous thing.

  6. It was the worst thing that could have happened.

  7. That sunset was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.

  8. Let's just forget about the whole thing and move on.

  9. The one thing I hate most is being lied to.

  10. Are all your things packed?

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Origin and Etymology of thing

Middle English, from Old English, thing, assembly; akin to Old High German ding thing, assembly, Goth theihs time

THING Defined for Kids


noun \ˈthiŋ\

Definition of thing for Students

  1. 1 :  an act or matter that is or is to be done I have a thing or two to take care of. You did the right thing.

  2. 2 :  something that exists and can be talked about Nouns name people and things. Say the first thing that pops into your mind. How do you work this thing?

  3. 3 things plural :  personal possessions Pack your things, we're leaving.

  4. 4 :  1detail 2 He checks every little thing.

  5. 5 things plural :  existing conditions and circumstances Things are improving.

  6. 6 :  event 1 The accident was a terrible thing.

  7. 7 :  1deed 1, achievement, act We expect great things from them.

  8. 8 :  a piece of clothing not a thing to wear

  9. 9 :  what is needed or wanted It's just the thing for a cold.

  10. 10 :  an action or interest especially that someone enjoys very much Music is my thing.

  11. 11 :  2individual 1 “I can't stand reptiles. Get that thing away from me!” — Judy Blume, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

  12. 12 :  a spoken or written observation or point Mrs. Kemp was shocked. “What a thing to say about your little friend.” — Beverly Cleary, Ramona Quimby

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