Item meaning

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The definition of an item is an article, unit, a bit of news, or is slang for a piece of gossip.

An example of an item is a carton of milk.

An example of an item is two people who are a couple.

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An entry in an account.
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A romantically involved couple.
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A bit of information; a detail.
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Also; likewise. Used to introduce each article in an enumeration or list.
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A single article or unit in a collection, enumeration, or series.
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A clause of a document, such as a bill or charter.
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A short piece in a newspaper or magazine.
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To record, especially in an itemized list.
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Used before each article in a series being enumerated.
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An article; unit; separate thing; particular; entry in an account.

An item of clothing.

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A bit of news or information, specif. when in a newspaper.

An item of interest.

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A couple identified publicly as sweethearts or lovers.

John and Joan are an item.

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A generic word for one unit or one member of a group. Similar to the word "object," when it is not relating to object-oriented programming, an item can be almost anything, including a file or folder. See data item.
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A distinct physical object.

Tweezers are great for manipulating small items.

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A line of text having a legal or other meaning; a separate particular in an account.

The items in a bill.

In response to the first item, we deny all wrongdoing.

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(psychometrics) A question on a test, which may include its answers.

The exam has 100 items, each of which includes a correct response and three distractors.

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A matter for discussion in an agenda.

The first item for discussion is the budget for next year's picnic.

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(informal) Two people who are having a relationship with each other.

Jack and Jill are an item.

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A short article in a newspaper.

An item concerning the weather.

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Origin of item

The word started as Latin item for "also", "in the same manner", and got its present English meaning by people misunderstanding usage in lists where the first entry began "Imprimis" (Latin for "firstly"), and the other entries each started "Item" (Latin for "also"), in former times when most learned people in England knew Latin.