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Meaning of their by Wiktionary Dictionary

their


    Pronunciation

    • enPR: thâr, IPA: /ðeɚ/, X-SAMPA: /De@( r )/
    • Rhymes: -ɛə( r )
    • Homophone: there, they're

    Pronoun

    their

    1. ( possessive ) Belonging to, from, of, or relating to, them .
      They will meet tomorrow at their convenience .
      This is probably their cat .
    2. ( possessive ) Belonging to someone of unspecified gender.

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Definition of their by GCIDE Dictionary

their


  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. She pron. [sing. nom. She; poss. Her. ( ) or Hers ( ); obj. Her; pl. nom. They ; poss. Their or Theirs ( ); obj. Them] [OE. she, sche, scheo, scho, AS. seó, fem. of the definite article, originally a demonstrative pronoun; cf. OS. siu, D. zij, G. sie, OHG. siu, sī, si, Icel. sū, sjā, Goth. si she, sō, fem. article, Russ. siia, fem., this, Gr. , fem. article, Skr. sā, syā. The possessive her or hers, and the objective her, are from a different root. See Her.]
    1. This or that female; the woman understood or referred to; the animal of the female sex, or object personified as feminine, which was spoken of.

    She loved her children best in every wise. Chaucer.

    Then Sarah denied, . . . for she was afraid. Gen. xviii. 15.

    2. A woman; a female; -- used substantively. [R.]

    Lady, you are the cruelest she alive. Shak.

    ☞ She is used in composition with nouns of common gender, for female, to denote an animal of the female sex; as, a she-bear; a she-cat.

  3. Their pron. & a. [OE. thair, fr. Icel. þeirra, þeira, of them, but properly gen. pl. of the definite article; akin to AS. ðāra, ðǣra, gen. pl. of the definite article, or fr. AS. ðǣra, influenced by the Scandinavian use. See That.] The possessive case of the personal pronoun they; as, “their houses; their country”.

    ☞ The possessive takes the form theirs ( ) when the noun to which it refers is not expressed, but implied or understood; as, our land is richest, but theirs is best cultivated.

    Nothing but the name of zeal appears

    'Twixt our best actions and the worst of theirs. Denham.