- The definition of those is things, people or places that are indicated.
An example of those used as an adjective is in the sentence, "Those cookies are delicious," which means the specific cookies are the delicious ones.
- Those is defined as specific things, people or places indicated.
An example of those used as a pronoun is in the sentences, "Some of the socks are dirty. Those are the ones that need to be washed," which means the dirty socks are the ones that need to be washed.
those definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English thas, thos ; from Old English thas, thæs, plural of thes, this
those definition by American Heritage Dictionary
those - Phrases/Idioms
Variant of that
- the person or thing mentioned or understood: that is John; that tastes good the thing farther away than another referred to as “this”: this is larger than that the more remote in thought of two contrasted things: of the two possibilities, this is more likely than that certain people: those who know
- who, whom, or which: the road (that) we took where; at which; on which: the place that I saw her when; in which; on which: the year that I was born
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English thæt, nominative and amp; accusative neuter of the def. article (nom. masculine se, nominative feminine seo), akin to German neuter nominative and amp; accusative das ; from Indo-European demonstrative base an unverified form -to-, an unverified form -tā- from source there, thither, Classical Latin istud, that, talis, such
- designating the person or thing mentioned or understood: that woman is Mary; that pie tastes good
- designating the thing farther away than the one referred to as “this”: this house is larger than that one
- designating the more remote in thought of two contrasted things: of the two, this possibility is more likely than that one
- designating something or someone not described but well known or easily recognizable: sometimes with implications of disparagement: that certain feeling, there comes that smile!, that George!
- a noun clause expressing a supposed or actual fact: that she's gone is obvious; the truth was that we never saw her; it was true that we never saw her
- an adverbial clause expressing purpose: they died that we might live
- an adverbial clause expressing result: you ran so fast that I couldn't catch up
- an adverbial clause expressing cause: I'm sorry that I caused you such annoyance
- an elliptical sentence expressing surprise, indignation, or desire: that you should say such a thing! oh, that this day would be over!
- to that extent; so [I can't see that far ahead]: also used informally before an adjective modified by a clause of result [I'm that tired I could drop]
- ☆ Informal very; so very: used in negative constructions: I didn't like the book that much