Definition of thing
1a : a matter of concern : affair <many things to do>b things plural : state of affairs in general or within a specified or implied sphere <things are improving>c : a particular state of affairs : situation <look at this thing another way>d : event, circumstance <that shooting was a terrible thing>
3a : a separate and distinct individual quality, fact, idea, or usually entityb : the concrete entity as distinguished from its appearancesc : a spatial entityd : an inanimate object distinguished from a living being
4a things plural : possessions, effects <pack your things>b : whatever may be possessed or owned or be the object of a rightc : an article of clothing <not a thing to wear>d things plural : equipment or utensils especially for a particular purpose <bring the tea things>
5 : an object or entity not precisely designated or capable of being designated <use this thing>
8 : individual <not a living thing in sight>
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?
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 century
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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