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?
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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