Definition of this
- these are my hands
- I can only say this: it wasn't here yesterday
- expected to return before this
- this is iron and that is tin
This is my favorite T-shirt.
Anything would be better than this.
“What's this right here?” “It's a very rare gold coin.”
Would you take a look at this, please?
All of this is mine.
This is the most fun I've had in years!
“It will be difficult.” “This is true.”
What is the meaning of this?
This is silver and that is gold.
This is my jacket and that's yours.
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
some of the best restaurants are on this side of town
before 12th century
We've waited this long for the pizza, we might as well stay until it's ready.
I need a nail about this long.
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: the person, thing, or idea that is present or near in place, time, or thought or that has just been mentioned
: the thing that is closest to you or that is being shown to you
: the present time
—used to indicate the person, thing, or idea that is present or near in place, time, or thought or that has just been mentioned
—used to indicate the thing that is closest to you or that is being shown to you
—used to indicate the present period of time or a period of time that is near the present time
: to the degree or extent that is suggested in the present situation
: to the degree or extent indicated by a gesture
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