Definition of you
1 : the one or ones being addressed —used as the pronoun of the second person singular or plural in any grammatical relation except that of a possessive you may sit in that chair —used formerly only as a plural pronoun of the second person in the dative or accusative case as direct or indirect object of a verb or as object of a preposition — compare thee, thou, ye, your, yours
2 : one 2a after a while, it grows on you
Origin and Etymology of you
Middle English, from Old English ēow, dat. & accusative of gē you; akin to Old High German iu, dative of ir you, Sanskrit yūyam you
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
YOU Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of you for English Language Learners
—used to refer to the person or group of people that is being addressed as the subject of a verb or as the object of a verb or preposition
—used to refer to any person or to people in general
YOU Defined for Kids
Definition of you for Students
1 : the person, thing, or group these words are spoken or written to You are absolutely correct. Here, Fluffy, I have a treat for you.
2 : anyone at all You never know what will happen next.
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