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Meaning of he by Wiktionary Dictionary

he


    Etymology 1

    From Middle English he, from Old English hē ( “he” ), from Proto-Germanic *hiz ( “this, this one” ), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱe-, *ḱey- ( “this, here” ). Cognate with Scots he ( “he” ), Eastern Frisian hi ( “he” ), West Frisian hy ( “he” ), Dutch hij ( “he” ), Low German he ( “he” ), Danish han ( “he” ). Related to here .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) enPR: hē, IPA: /hiː/, X-SAMPA: /hi:/
    • ( US ) enPR: hē, IPA: /hi/, X-SAMPA: /hi/
    • Rhymes: -iː

    Pronoun

    he third-person singular, masculine, nominative case ( accusative him, reflexive himself, possessive his )

    1. ( personal ) Refers to a male person or animal already known or implied.
    2. ( personal ) Refers to a person whose gender is unknown .
    3. ( personal ) Refers to an animal whose gender is unknown .
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    Etymology 2

    Transliteration of various Semitic letters, such as Phoenician �� ( h ), Hebrew ה ( h ) and Syriac ܗ ( h, “hē” ) .

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /heɪː/, X-SAMPA: /he:/

    Noun

    he

    1. The name of the fifth letter of many Semitic alphabets ( Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic and others ).
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    • eh eH, EH

    Etymology

    From Proto-Germanic *hiz ( “this, this one” ), from Proto-Indo-European *k'e-, *k'ey- ( “this, here” ). Cognate with Old Frisian hī, hē ( “he” ), Old Saxon hie, hē ( “he” ), Old Norse hánn, hann ( “he” ), Gothic ���������� ( himma, “to this” ). Related to hēr .

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /heː/

    Pronoun

    hē m. ( accusative hine, genitive his, dative him )

    1. he

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    • English: he

    H.E.

    By Wiktionary ( 2009/11/15 06:23 UTC Version )

    Abbreviation

    H.E .

    1. Holocene Era .

    Anagrams

    • eh, , eH, EH

    he-

    By Wiktionary ( 2012/06/06 08:40 UTC Version )

    Preposition

    he-

    1. Indicating a male, usually of an animal .

    Antonyms

    • she-

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Explanation of he by Wordnet Dictionary

he


    Noun
    1. the 5th letter of the Hebrew alphabet

    2. a very light colorless element that is one of the six inert gasses



    Definition of he by GCIDE Dictionary

    he


    1. He ( hē ), pron. [nom. He; poss. His ( hĭz ); obj. Him ( hĭm ); pl. nom. They ( thā ); poss. Their or Theirs ( thârz or thārz ); obj. Them ( thĕm ).] [AS. hē, masc., heó, fem., hit, neut.; pl. hī, or hie, hig; akin to OFries. hi, D. hij, OS. he, hi, G. heute to-day, Goth. himma, dat. masc., this, hina, accus. masc., and hita, accus. neut., and prob. to L. his this. √183. Cf. It.]
      1. The man or male being ( or object personified to which the masculine gender is assigned ), previously designated; a pronoun of the masculine gender, usually referring to a specified subject already indicated.

      Thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. Gen. iii. 16.

      Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God; him shalt thou serve. Deut. x. 20.

      2. Any one; the man or person; -- used indefinitely, and usually followed by a relative pronoun.

      He that walketh with wise men shall be wise. Prov. xiii. 20.

      3. Man; a male; any male person; -- in this sense used substantively. Chaucer.

      I stand to answer thee,

      Or any he, the proudest of thy sort. Shak.

      ☞ When a collective noun or a class is referred to, he is of common gender. In early English, he referred to a feminine or neuter noun, or to one in the plural, as well as to noun in the masculine singular. In composition, he denotes a male animal; as, a he-goat.

    2. He ( hē ), pron. [nom. He; poss. His ( hĭz ); obj. Him ( hĭm ); pl. nom. They ( thā ); poss. Their or Theirs ( thârz or thārz ); obj. Them ( thĕm ).] [AS. hē, masc., heó, fem., hit, neut.; pl. hī, or hie, hig; akin to OFries. hi, D. hij, OS. he, hi, G. heute to-day, Goth. himma, dat. masc., this, hina, accus. masc., and hita, accus. neut., and prob. to L. his this. √183. Cf. It.]
      1. The man or male being ( or object personified to which the masculine gender is assigned ), previously designated; a pronoun of the masculine gender, usually referring to a specified subject already indicated.

      Thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. Gen. iii. 16.

      Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God; him shalt thou serve. Deut. x. 20.

      2. Any one; the man or person; -- used indefinitely, and usually followed by a relative pronoun.

      He that walketh with wise men shall be wise. Prov. xiii. 20.

      3. Man; a male; any male person; -- in this sense used substantively. Chaucer.

      I stand to answer thee,

      Or any he, the proudest of thy sort. Shak.

      ☞ When a collective noun or a class is referred to, he is of common gender. In early English, he referred to a feminine or neuter noun, or to one in the plural, as well as to noun in the masculine singular. In composition, he denotes a male animal; as, a he-goat.

    3. He ( Chem. ) The chemical symbol for helium.