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Meaning of it by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms


    • ( stressed ) enPR: ĭt, IPA: /ɪt/, X-SAMPA: /It/
    • ( dialectual ) IPA: /ɪʔ/
    • Rhymes: -ɪt
    • ( unstressed ) enPR: ət, IPA: /ət/, X-SAMPA: /@t/
    • Homophone: at ( unstressed )

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English, from Old English hit, from Proto-Germanic *hit ( “this, this one” ), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱe-, *ḱey- ( “this, here” ). Cognate with West Frisian it ( “it” ), Low German it ( “it” ), Dutch het ( “it” ), German es ( “it” ). More at he .

    Alternative form

    • itt ( obsolete )


    it ( subjective and objective it, reflexive and intensive itself, possessive adjective and noun its )

    1. The third-person singular personal pronoun used to refer to an inanimate object, to an inanimate thing with no or unknown sex or gender .
      Put it over there .
      Take each day as it comes .
    2. The third-person singular personal pronoun used to refer to an animate entity of unknown gender .
      She took the baby and held it in her arms .
    3. Used to refer to oneself when identifying oneself, often on the phone, but not limited to this situation .
      It's me. John .
    4. The impersonal pronoun, used without referent as the subject of an impersonal verb or statement. ( known as the dummy pronoun or weather it )
      It is nearly 10 o’clock .
      It’s very cold today .
      It’s lonely without you .
    5. The impersonal pronoun, used as a placeholder for a delayed subject, or less commonly, object. ( known as the dummy pronoun )
      It is easy to see how she would think that .
      I find it odd that you would say that .
      He saw to it that everyone would vote for him .
    6. ( obsolete, relative ) That which; what.
    See Wiktionary:English inflection for other personal pronouns .
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    it ( plural: it )

    1. The person or people who chase and try to catch the other players in the playground game of tag .
      In the next game, Adam and Tom will be it…
    2. ( UK ) The game of tag itself .
      Let's play it at breaktime .


    it ( not comparable )

    1. ( colloquial ) most fashionable.



    1. ( language ) Italian .
    2. Italy .
    Derived terms
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    • IT



    • ti, TI, Ti .


    By Wiktionary ( 2010/11/30 19:46 UTC Version )


    'it ( plural: 'its )

    1. Eye dialect spelling of hit ( in the senses "punch", "kill", etc ) .


    to 'it ( third-person singular simple present 'its present participle 'ittin', simple past and past participle 'it )

    1. Eye dialect spelling of hit ( in the senses "punch", "kill", etc ) .


    By Wiktionary ( 2009/11/15 07:55 UTC Version )


    It .

    1. ( language ) Italian .
    2. Italy .


    • ti, TI, Ti .

Explanation of it by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the branch of engineering that deals with the use of computers and telecommunications to retrieve and store and transmit information

    Definition of it by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. It ( ĭt ), pron. [OE. it, hit, AS. hit; cf. D. het. √181. See He.] The neuter pronoun of the third person, corresponding to the masculine pronoun he and the feminine she, and having the same plural ( they, their or theirs, them ).

      ☞ The possessive form its is modern, being rarely found in the writings of Shakespeare and Milton, and not at all in the original King James's version of the Bible. During the transition from the regular his to the anomalous its, it was to some extent employed in the possessive without the case ending. See His, and He. In Dryden's time its had become quite established as the regular form.

      The day present hath ever inough to do with it owne grief. Genevan Test.

      Do, child, go to it grandam, child. Shak.

      It knighthood shall do worse. It shall fright all it friends with borrowing letters. B. Jonson.

      ☞ In the course of time, the nature of the neuter sign t in it, the form being found in but a few words, became misunderstood. Instead of being looked upon as an affix, it passed for part of the original word. Hence was formed from it the anomalous genitive its, superseding the Saxon his. Latham.

      The fruit tree yielding fruit after his ( its ) kind. Gen. i. 11.

      It is used,

      1. As a substance for any noun of the neuter gender; as, “here is the book, take it home”.

      2. As a demonstrative, especially at the beginning of a sentence, pointing to that which is about to be stated, named, or mentioned, or referring to that which apparent or well known; as, “I saw it was John”.

      It is I; be not afraid. Matt. xiv. 27.

      Peter heard that it was the Lord. John xxi. 7.

      Often, in such cases, as a substitute for a sentence or clause; as, it is thought he will come; it is wrong to do this.

      3. As an indefinite nominative for a impersonal verb; as, “it snows; it rains.”

      4. As a substitute for such general terms as, the state of affairs, the condition of things, and the like; as, “how is it with the sick man?”

      Think on me when it shall be well with thee. Gen. xl. 14.

      5. As an indefinite object after some intransitive verbs, or after a substantive used humorously as a verb; as, “to foot it ( i. e., to walk )”.

      The Lacedemonians, at the Straits of Thermopylæ, when their arms failed them, fought it out with nails and teeth. Dryden.

      Whether the charmer sinner it, or saint it,

      If folly grows romantic, I must paint it. Pope.

      Its self. See Itself.