It meaning

ĭt
Frequency:
Used as the subject of an impersonal verb.

It is snowing.

pronoun
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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.

pronoun
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An animal that has been neutered.

The cat is an it.

noun
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(informal) Used to refer to something that is the best, the most desirable, or without equal.

He thinks he's it. That steak was really it!

pronoun
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Used to refer to a crucial situation or culmination.

This is it—the rivals are finally face to face. That's it! I won't tolerate any more foolishness.

pronoun
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Information technology.
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(games) Used to designate a player, as in tag, who attempts to find or catch the other players.
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Italy.
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It is also used as:
  • The subject of an impersonal verb without reference to agent.
    it is snowing.
  • The grammatical subject of a clause of which the actual subject is another clause or phrase following.
    it is clear that he wants to go.
  • An object of indefinite sense in certain idiomatic expressions [to lord it over someone]; often, specif., an unpleasant consequence.
    Now you're in for it; let him have it.
  • The antecedent of a relative pronoun from which it is separated by a predicate.
    it is your support that we want.
  • A term of reference to something indefinite but understood, as the state of affairs.
    it's all right—I didn't hurt myself.
  • (informal) An emphatic predicate pronoun referring to the person, thing, situation, etc. which is considered ultimate, final, or perfect.
    Zero hour is here: this is it!.
pronoun
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The player in a game who must do some essential thing, as the one in a game of tag who must try to catch another.
noun
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(informal) Any of various attractive personal qualities, as charm, charisma, or sex appeal.
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Italic(s)
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Italian.
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Italy.
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Information technology.
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(Information Technology) Processing information by computer. IT is the latest moniker for the industry as a whole, and the term became popular in the 1990s. It actually took 40 years before the industry settled on what to call itself. First it was "electronic data processing" (EDP), followed by "management information systems" (MIS) and "information systems" (IS) and finally "information technology" (IT).IT Versus OTContrast information technology with "operations technology" (OT), which uses computers to control machines in manufacturing and other industrial applications. IT handles the business information derived from the products made by OT. IT and OT systems may be highly integrated or have minimal or no integration. See Internet of Things, process control and PLC.Networking and Often VoiceIT includes networking but may exclude telephone service. Increasingly however, voice is based on the same IP networks as the company's computers, and telecom has become part of the IT world rather than an entirely separate department. See information system and enterprise networking.
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The traditional, formal term for a data processing department. The contemporary term is Information Services (IS).
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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.

pronoun
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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.

pronoun
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Used to refer to oneself when identifying oneself, often on the phone, but not limited to this situation.

It's me. John.

pronoun
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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)

See inflection for other personal pronouns.

pronoun
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One who is neither a he nor a she; a creature; a dehumanized being.
noun
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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…

noun
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(UK, uncountable) The game of tag.

Let's play it at breaktime.

noun
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(colloquial) Most fashionable.
adjective
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(language) Italian.
abbreviation
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Eye dialect spelling of hit (in the senses "punch", "kill", etc).
noun
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Eye dialect spelling of hit (in the senses "punch", "kill", etc).
verb
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The ccTLD for Italy as assigned by the IANA.
abbreviation
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(music) Italian augmented sixth chord.
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The word "it" is used to represent an inanimate thing.

An example of it is a desk.

pronoun
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Used to refer to that one previously mentioned. Used of a nonhuman entity; an animate being whose sex is unspecified, unknown, or irrelevant; a group of objects or individuals; an action; or an abstraction.

Polished the table until it shone; couldn't find out who it was; opened the meeting by calling it to order.

pronoun
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Used to refer to a general condition or state of affairs.

She couldn't stand it.

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The animal or thing previously mentioned or under discussion: neuter personal pronoun in the third person singular: it is the nominative and objective form, its the possessive, and itself the reflexive and intensive; its is the possessive pronominal adjective.
pronoun
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(slang) with it
  • Aware of or knowledgeable about the latest trends or developments.
  • Mentally responsive and perceptive:
    I'm just not with it today.
idiom
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do it
  • to engage in sexual intercourse
idiom
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with it
  • alert, informed, or hip
idiom
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of it

  • Middle English from Old English hit ko- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • A representation of the pronunciation of hit by a speaker whose dialect lacks the voiceless glottal fricative or transition (IPA: [h]). Not to be confused with hit, which is a dialectal variant of the pronoun it.

    From Wiktionary

  • . + ISO 3166-1 country code for Italy, it.

    From Wiktionary