That Definition

thăt, thət
The person or thing mentioned or understood.
That is John; that tastes good.
Webster's New World
The thing farther away than another referred to as “this”
This is larger than that.
Webster's New World
Used to refer to the one, thing, or type specified as follows.
The relics found were those of an earlier time.
American Heritage
Used to refer to the event, action, or time just mentioned.
After that, he became a recluse.
American Heritage
Certain people.
Those who know.
Webster's New World
Designating the person or thing mentioned or understood.
That woman is Mary; that pie tastes good.
Webster's New World
Being the one further removed or less obvious.
That route is shorter than this one.
American Heritage
Designating the thing farther away than the one referred to as “this”
This house is larger than that one.
Webster's New World
Designating the more remote in thought of two contrasted things.
Of the two, this possibility is more likely than that one.
Webster's New World
Designating something or someone not described but well known or easily recognizable.
That certain feeling, there comes that smile!, that George!
Webster's New World
To that extent; so [I can't see that far ahead]
Webster's New World
To such an extent or degree.
Is your problem that complicated?
American Heritage
To a high degree; very.
Didn't take what he said that seriously.
American Heritage
Very; so very.
I didn't like the book that much.
Webster's New World

(dialect in positive, standard in negative constructions) So, so much; very.

Ooh, I was that happy I nearly kissed her.
I did the run last year, and it wasn't that difficult.
Used to introduce a noun clause that is usually the subject or object of a verb or a predicate nominative.
American Heritage
Used to introduce a subordinate clause stating a result, wish, purpose, reason, or cause.
She hoped that he would arrive on time. He was saddened that she felt so little for him.
American Heritage
Used to introduce an anticipated subordinate clause following the expletive it occurring as subject of the verb.
It is true that dental work is expensive.
American Heritage
A subordinating conjunction used to introduce:
Webster's New World
Used to introduce a subordinate clause modifying an adverb or adverbial expression.
Will go anywhere that they are welcome.
American Heritage
The (thing) being indicated (at a distance from the speaker, or previously mentioned, or at another time).
That book is a good read.
That battle was in 1450.

(philosophy) Something being indicated that is there; one of those.

at that
  • In addition; besides:

    lived in one room, and a small room at that.

  • Regardless of what has been said or implied:

    a long shot, but she just might win at that.

American Heritage
that is
  • To explain more clearly; in other words:

    on the first floor, that is, the floor at street level.

American Heritage
all that
  • so very

    they aren't all that rich

  • everything of the same or related sort

    romance and all that

Webster's New World
at that
  • at that point; with no further discussion, etc.
  • moreover; even so
Webster's New World
that is
  • to be specific
  • in other words
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of That


those, thats

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to That

Origin of That

  • From Old English þæt (neuter relative pronoun, definite article), from Proto-Germanic *þat. Compare Dutch dat, German das.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English thæt to- in Indo-European roots

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

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