That meaning

thăt, thət
Frequency:
The definition of that is being the thing, person, or place indicated.

An example of that is being the one spoken about.

adjective
14
5
Used to indicate an unspecified number of people.

Those who refused to join.

pronoun
10
4
The one, kind, or thing; something.

She followed the calling of that which she loved.

pronoun
9
5
Used as a relative pronoun to introduce a clause, especially a restrictive clause.

The car that has the flat tire.

pronoun
7
2
That is defined as a way to introduce a noun clause.

An example of that is "I went to a store that is my favorite."

conjunction
7
3
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To a high degree; very.

Didn't take what he said that seriously.

adverb
3
1
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.

conjunction
3
1
Certain people.

Those who know.

pronoun
3
1
Where; at which; on which.

The place that I saw her.

pronoun
3
1
Who, whom, or which.

The road (that) we took.

pronoun
3
2
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Designating the thing farther away than the one referred to as “this”

This house is larger than that one.

adjective
2
1
That is defined as something indicated.

An example of that is the car is mine.

pronoun
2
4
To that extent; so [I can't see that far ahead]
adverb
1
0
Very; so very.

I didn't like the book that much.

adverb
1
0
Connecting noun clause (as involving reported speech etc.); introducing a subordinate noun clause. [from 9th c.]

He told me that the book is a good read.

conjunction
1
0
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(degree) To a given extent or degree; particularly.

I'm just not that sick.

adverb
1
0
Used to indicate the farther or less immediate one.

That is for sale; this is not.

pronoun
1
1
Being the one singled out, implied, or understood.

That place; those mountains.

adjective
1
1
Being the one further removed or less obvious.

That route is shorter than this one.

adjective
1
1
To such an extent or degree.

Is your problem that complicated?

adverb
1
1
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Used to introduce a noun clause that is usually the subject or object of a verb or a predicate nominative.
conjunction
1
1
Used to introduce an elliptical exclamation of desire.

Oh, that I were rich!

conjunction
1
1
The person or thing mentioned or understood.

That is John; that tastes good.

pronoun
1
1
The thing farther away than another referred to as “this”

This is larger than that.

pronoun
1
1
Designating the more remote in thought of two contrasted things.

Of the two, this possibility is more likely than that one.

adjective
1
1
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Designating something or someone not described but well known or easily recognizable.

That certain feeling, there comes that smile!, that George!

adjective
1
1
A subordinating conjunction used to introduce:
  • 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!.
conjunction
1
1
(archaic) Introducing a hypothetical fact or supposition: "˜given that', "˜as would appear from the fact that'. [from 11th c.]
conjunction
1
1
With antecedent so or such: introducing the result of the main clause. [from 11th c.]
conjunction
1
1
(archaic) Without any antecedent: so that. [from 12th c.]
conjunction
0
0
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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.

determiner
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0
(demonstrative) That thing or person. [from 9th c.]
pronoun
0
0
(demonstrative) That aforementioned quality.

The water is so cold! "” That it is.

pronoun
0
0
(relative) Which, who. [from 9th c.]
pronoun
0
0
(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.

adverb
0
0
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(philosophy) Something being indicated that is there; one of those.
noun
0
0
Used to emphasize the idea of a previously expressed word or phrase.

He was fed up, and that to a great degree.

pronoun
0
1
The more remote in thought of two contrasted things.

Of the two possibilities, this is more likely than that.

pronoun
0
1
When; in which; on which.

The year that I was born.

pronoun
0
1
Designating the person or thing mentioned or understood.

That woman is Mary; that pie tastes good.

adjective
0
1
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That means to an extent.

An example of that is to only be able to see a certain distance.

adverb
0
3
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.
idiom
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0
that is
  • To explain more clearly; in other words:.
    On the first floor, that is, the floor at street level.
idiom
0
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all that
  • So very.
    They aren't all that rich.
  • Everything of the same or related sort.
    Romance and all that.
idiom
1
0
at that
  • At that point; with no further discussion, etc.
  • Moreover; even so.
idiom
1
0
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that is
  • To be specific.
  • In other words.
idiom
0
0
that's that!
  • That is settled!.
idiom
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0

Origin of that

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

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

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

    From Wiktionary