Definition of thing
1 : an object or entity not precisely designated or capable of being designated use this thing
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 : individual not a living thing in sight
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
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
7a : something (such as an activity) that makes a strong appeal to the individual : forte, specialty letting students do their own thing — Newsweek 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
Examples of thing in a Sentence
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.
Are all your things packed?
Recent Examples of thing from the Web
Because, for one thing, most people enjoy eating meat, and venison can be very tasty.
A recent Pew Research Center survey of attitudes toward Trump in more than three dozen countries found fewer than 3 in 10 respondents expressing confidence in his ability to do the right thing on international affairs.
You’re involved in so many things—protesting, speeches, the podcast, Campaign Zero, BLM… What the next big move?
That wasn’t the only thing that eventually led me down the race-and-IQ rabbit hole, though.
Going to a Panera and talking to 4 people who all say the same thing isn't conclusive evidence of anything other than that 4 people agree on something.)
That this holiday, like many things in America, wasn’t created with me in mind, but since my parents happily prepared massive meals on this day, to feast was fine.
Goldfish-Nose Eagle Head Marshmallows These eagles have seen things no eagle should see.
Things get underway at Slade and Douglas with the Star Spangled Banner at 9 a.m., followed by a dog parade.
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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
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
THING Defined for Kids
Definition of thing for Students
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 : 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 things plural : personal possessions Pack your things, we're leaving.
4 : 1detail 2 He checks every little thing.
5 things plural : existing conditions and circumstances Things are improving.
6 : event 1 The accident was a terrible thing.
8 : a piece of clothing not a thing to wear
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