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Meaning of them by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( Stressed ) enPR: thĕm, IPA: /ðɛm/, X-SAMPA: /DEm/
    • ( Unstressed ) enPR: ( th )əm, IPA: /( ð )əm/, X-SAMPA: /( D )@m/
    • Rhymes: -ɛm


    them personal pronoun, objective case

    1. Third personal plural pronoun used after a preposition or as the object of a verb .
      Give it to them. ( after preposition )
      She wrote them a letter. ( indirect object )
      She treated them for a cold. ( direct object )
    2. Third person singular pronoun of indeterminate or irrelevant gender
      If someone comes and asks for the ticket, just give it to them. ( after preposition )
      If one of my patients calls, please bring them their dinner. ( indirect object )
      If a student has an inappropriate question, whatever you do, do not berate them. ( direct object )

    Usage notes



    1. ( nonstandard ) those
      Them kids need to grow up .



Definition of them by GCIDE Dictionary


  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. Them ( thĕm ), pron. [AS. ðǣm, dat. pl. of the article, but influenced by the Scand. use of the corresponding form þeim as a personal pronoun. See They.] The objective case of they. See They.

    Go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. Matt. xxv. 9.

    Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father. Matt. xxv. 34.

    ☞ Them is poetically used for themselves, as him for himself, etc.

    Little stars may hide them when they list. Shak.