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Definitions and meaning of it

it

Alternative forms

  • (dialectal) hit

Pronunciation

  • (stressed)
    • (Received Pronunciation, General American, General Australian) IPA(key): /ɪt/ enPR: ĭt
    • (General New Zealand) IPA(key): /ɘt/
    • Rhymes: -ɪt
  • (unstressed)
    • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪt/, [ɪ̈t], [ɪt]
    • Rhymes: -ɪt
    • (General American) IPA(key): /ət/, [ɪ̈t], enPR: ət
    • (General Australian) IPA(key): /ət/
    • (General New Zealand) IPA(key): /ɘt/
  • Homophone: at (unstressed) (General American, General Australian, General New Zealand)

Etymology 1

From Middle English it, hit ( > dialectal English hit (it)), from Old English hit (it), from Proto-Germanic *hit (this, this one), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱe-, *ḱey- (this, here). Cognate with West Frisian it (it), Saterland Frisian et, 't (it), Low German it (it), Dutch het (it), German es (it), Latin cis, hic. More at he.

Alternative forms

  • itt (obsolete)

Pronoun

it (subjective and objective it, reflexive and intensive itself, possessive determiner and pronoun its)

  1. The third-person singular personal pronoun that is normally used to refer to an inanimate object or abstract entity, also often used to refer to animals.
    Put it over there.
    Take each day as it comes.
    I heard the sound of the school bus - it was early today.
    • 2016, VOA Learning English (public domain)
      It is not a pen. It is a book. 
  2. A third-person singular personal pronoun used to refer to a child, especially of unknown gender.
    She took the baby and held it in her arms.
    • 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, Chapter IV:
      A child cannot quarrel with its elders, as I had done; cannot give its furious feelings uncontrolled play, as I had given mine, without experiencing afterwards the pang of remorse and the chill of reaction.
    • 2005, Marcus Zusak, The Book Thief, part 10:
      The sky was dripping. Like a tap that a child has tried its hardest to turn off but hasn't quite managed.
  3. Used to refer to someone being identified, often on the phone, but not limited to this situation.
    It's me. John.
    Is it her?
  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 10:45 [read ten-forty-five].
    It’s very cold today.
    It’s lonely without you.
  5. The impersonal pronoun, used without referent in various short idioms.
    stick it out
    live it up
    rough it
  6. The impersonal pronoun, used as a placeholder for a delayed subject, or less commonly, object; known as the dummy pronoun or, more formally in linguistics, a syntactic expletive. The delayed subject is commonly a to-infinitive, a gerund, or a noun clause introduced by a subordinating conjunction.
    It is easy to see how she would think that. (with the infinitive clause headed by to see)
    I find it odd that you would say that. (with the noun clause introduced by that)
    It is hard seeing you so sick. (with the gerund seeing)
    He saw to it that everyone would vote for him. (with the noun clause introduced by that)
    It is not clear if the report was true. (with the noun clause introduced by if)
  7. All or the end; something after which there is no more.
    Are there more students in this class, or is this it?
    That's it—I'm not going to any more candy stores with you.
  8. (chiefly derogatory, offensive) A third-person singular personal pronoun used to refer to an animate referent who is transgender or is neither female nor male.
    • 1993, Bruce Coville, Aliens Ate My Homework, pages 72–73:
      "Oh, don't be silly. I am neither male nor female. I'm a farfel." [] "It. Refer to me as an it."
      "That seems pretty rude," I said nervously.
      "Not as rude as calling me a he or a she," it said.
  9. (obsolete) Followed by an omitted and understood relative pronoun: That which; what.
    • 1643, Thomas Browne, Religio Medici, II.2:
      In briefe, I am content, and what should providence add more? Surely this is it [= it which] wee call Happinesse, and this doe I enjoy [...].
Usage notes
  • See Wiktionary:English inflection, Appendix:English pronouns and Appendix:English third-person singular pronouns for other personal pronouns.
  • For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:it.
Derived terms
See also
Translations

Determiner

it

  1. (obsolete) its
    • 1611, Authorized King James Version of the Bible, first edition, Leviticus 25:5:
      That which groweth of it owne accord of thy haruest, thou ſhalt not reape, neither gather the grapes of thy Uine vndreſſed: for it is a yeere of reſt vnto the land. (replaced by "its" in the 1769 Oxford Standard Text)

Noun

it (plural its)

  1. One who is neither a he nor a she; a creature; a dehumanized being.
    • 1920, Herman Cyril McNeile, Bulldog Drummond Chapter 1
      His master glanced up quickly, and removed the letter from his hands. "I'm surprised at you, James," he remarked severely. "A secretary should control itself. Don't forget that the perfect secretary is an it: an automatic machine—a thing incapable of feeling.…"
    • 1995, Neil Weiner, Sharon E. Robinson Kurpius, Shattered innocence (page 8)
      Too often, children become an "it" in their homes and their humanness is devalued.
  2. The person who chases and tries to catch the other players in the playground game of tag.
    In the next game, Adam and Tom will be it
    • 2000, Katherine T. Thomas, Amelia M. Lee, Jerry R. Thomas, Physical education for children (page 464)
      When there are only two children left who haven't been tagged, I will stop the game, and we will start over with those children starting as the Its.
  3. (Britain, uncountable) The game of tag.
    Let's play it at breaktime.
  4. (uncountable) Sex appeal, especially that which goes beyond beauty.
    • 1904, Rudyard Kipling, "Mrs Bathurst"
      'Tisn't beauty, so to speak, nor good talk necessarily. It's just It. Some women'll stay in a man's memory if they once walked down a street
    • 1927, Dorothy Parker:
      And she had It. It, hell; she had Those.
  5. (euphemistic) Sexual activity.
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 14:
      The great advantage of English public school life lies of course in the quality of tutelage it provides. Adrian had received a decent and broad English education in the area of his loins... He had quickly happened upon the truth which many lonely contemporaries would never discover, the truth that everybody, simply everybody, was panting for it and could, with patience, be shown that they were panting for it. So Adrian grabbed what was to hand and had the time of his life genitally—focusing exclusively on his own gender of course, for this was 1973 and girls had not yet been invented.
    caught them doing it
  6. A biological force that inhabits living beings, according to the vitalist approach of Georg Groddeck.

Adjective

it (not comparable)

  1. (colloquial) Most fashionable.
    • 2007 September, Vibe, volume 15, number 9, page 202:
      Going away for the weekend and feel the need to profile en route? This is the "it" bag.
    • 2010, David Germain, Hilarious ‘Kick-Ass’ delivers bloody fun, Associated Press
      With Hit Girl, Moretz is this year's It Girl, alternately sweet, savage and scary.

Etymology 2

Abbreviation.

Proper noun

it

  1. Abbreviation of Italy.
  2. Abbreviation of Italian. (language)
Derived terms
  • gin and it, gin-and-It
See also
  • IT

Anagrams

  • TI, Ti., ti

Azerbaijani

Etymology

From Proto-Turkic *it, *ït (canine).

Noun

it (definite accusative iti, plural itlər)

  1. dog

Declension


Charrua

Noun

it

  1. fire

References

  • Rodolfo Maruca Sosa, La nación charrúa (1957)

Chuukese

Noun

it

  1. name

Crimean Tatar

Etymology

From Proto-Turkic *it, *ït.

Noun

it

  1. dog

Synonyms

  • köpek

References

  • Mirjejev, V. A.; Usejinov, S. M. (2002) Ukrajinsʹko-krymsʹkotatarsʹkyj slovnyk [Ukrainian – Crimean Tatar Dictionary]‎[2], Simferopol: Dolya, →ISBN

Irish

Alternative forms

  • id

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɪt̪ˠ/

Contraction

it (triggers lenition)

  1. (Munster) Contraction of i do (in your).

Related terms


Latin

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /it/, [ɪt̪]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /it/, [it̪]

Verb

it

  1. third-person singular present active indicative of

Latvian

Particle

it

  1. used to assign accentuation to expression

Middle Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɪt/

Pronoun

it

  1. Alternative form of het

Middle English

Pronoun

it

  1. Alternative form of hit

Determiner

it

  1. Alternative form of hit

References

  • “hit, (pron.)” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 27 May 2018.

Middle Low German

Etymology

From Old Saxon it, from Proto-Germanic *hit.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɪt/, /ət/

Pronoun

it

  1. (third person singular neuter nominative) it
  2. (third person singular neuter accusative) it

Declension

Descendants

  • Low German: et, it
  • Plautdietsch: et

Min Nan


Northern Sami

Pronunciation

  • (Kautokeino) IPA(key): /ˈih(t)/

Verb

it

  1. second-person singular present of ii

Old Irish

Alternative forms

  • (second-person singular form) at

Pronunciation

  • (second-person singular form) IPA(key): /it/
  • (third-person plural form) IPA(key): /id/

Verb

it

  1. inflection of is:
    1. second-person singular present indicative
    2. third-person plural present indicative

Old Saxon

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *it.

Pronoun

it n

  1. it

Declension

Descendants

  • Middle Low German: it
    • Low German: et, it
    • Plautdietsch: et

Piedmontese

Pronoun

it

  1. you (singular)

Sathmar Swabian

Adverb

it

  1. not

References

  • Claus Stephani, Volksgut der Sathmarschwaben (1985)

Turkish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈit]

Etymology 1

From Ottoman Turkish ایت(it), from Old Turkic ıt(ıt, dog), from Proto-Turkic *īt, *ıyt, *ɨt, *it.

Noun

it (definite accusative iti, plural itler)

  1. (often derogatory) dog
  2. (derogatory) scoundrel, detestable person, cur
Usage notes

Not historically derogatory, and still used as the primary term for "dog" in the countryside. Usually, if a dog is a stray or feral, it can be referred to as "it" as well. The more usual word is köpek, which is also pejorative and derogatory when used for a person.

Declension

Etymology 2

Verb

it

  1. second-person singular imperative of itmek (to push)

Turkmen

Etymology

From Old Turkic ıt(ıt, dog), from Proto-Turkic *īt, *ıyt, *ɨt, *it.

Noun

it (definite accusative idi, plural itler)

  1. dog

Declension


Uzbek

Etymology

From Proto-Turkic *ɨt, *it.

Noun

it (plural itlar)

  1. dog

Volapük

Determiner

it

  1. (with a personal pronoun) self; myself; yourself; himself; herself; itself; ourselves; themselves; emphasises the identity or singularity of the modified noun phrase

Welsh

Alternative forms

  • iti
  • i ti

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɪt/

Pronoun

it

  1. (literary) second-person singular of i

West Frisian

Etymology 1

From Old Frisian hit, from Proto-Germanic *hit.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɪt/
  • (unstressed) IPA(key): /(ə)t/

Pronoun

it

  1. it (third-person singular neuter pronoun)
Inflection
Further reading
  • “it (I)”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011

Etymology 2

From Old Frisian thet, from Proto-Germanic *þat.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /(ə)t/

Determiner

it

  1. neuter singular of de

Zhuang

Etymology

From Chinese (MC ʔiɪt̚, “one”). Cognate with Thai เอ็ด (èt), Lao ເອັດ (’et), Shan ဢဵတ်း (’ét), Ahom 𑜒𑜢𑜄𑜫 (’it), Bouyei idt.

Pronunciation

  • (Standard Zhuang) IPA(key): /ʔit˥/
  • Tone numbers: it7
  • Hyphenation: it

Numeral

it (old orthography it)

  1. one

Usage notes

Used with ngeih rather than song.

Synonyms

  • ndeu

Source: wiktionary.org
  • the neuter of he she him or her.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)