Thing definition

thĭng
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Articles, devices, etc. used for some purpose.
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Anything conceived of or referred to as existing as an individual, distinguishable entity.
  • Any single entity distinguished from all others.
    Each thing in the universe.
  • A tangible object, as distinguished from a concept, quality, etc.
    Paintings and other beautiful things.
  • An inanimate object.
  • An item, detail, etc.
    Go over each thing in the list.
  • The object or concept referred to or represented by a word, symbol, or sign; referent.
  • An object of thought; idea.
    Think the right things.
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(informal) A point of contention; issue.

Don't make a thing of it.

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Any matter, circumstance, affair, or concern.

How are things?

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A possession or item in one's control, as:
  • Articles of clothing.
    Put on your things and let's go.
  • Possessions, including clothing; belongings.
    Pack your things; it's time to go.
  • (law) That which can be possessed or owned.
    Things personal; things real.
  • The equipment needed for an activity or a special purpose.
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That which is done, has been done, or is to be done; happening, act, deed, incident, event, etc.

To accomplish great things.

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(informal) What one wants to do or is adept at.

Do one's own thing.

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An end or objective.

In blackjack, the thing is to get nearest to 21 without going over.

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A being, object, or concept the exact term for which is not known or recalled or is avoided, as from disdain.

Where did you buy that thing?

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That which is considered to exist as a separate entity, object, quality or concept.
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That which constitutes an end to be achieved, a step in a process, etc.

The next thing is to mix thoroughly.

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The definition of a thing is an object, an act, or a step.

An example of a thing is a bottle opener.

An example of a thing is an exciting event in a person's life, a great thing.

An example of a thing is the next action to be taken, the next thing.

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(informal) A persistent feeling, interest, desire, or aversion.

She has a thing for him and keeps talking about him. I have a thing about seafood and never eat it.

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(slang) An activity uniquely suitable and satisfying to one.

Let him do his own thing. Mountain climbing is really my thing.

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(informal) Used to refer to something with disapproval or contempt.

Where did you get that thing? I wouldn't drive that thing if you paid me.

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An object or entity that is not or cannot be named specifically.

What is this thing for?

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An entity or item.

How many things are there on the test?

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Something referred to by a word, symbol, sign, or idea; a referent.
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An act, deed, or work.

Promised to do great things.

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The result of work or activity.

Is always building things.

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A means to an end.

Just the thing to increase sales.

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A thought, notion, or utterance.

What a rotten thing to say!

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A piece of information.

Wouldn't tell me a thing about the project.

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A matter of concern.

Many things on my mind.

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A turn of events; a circumstance.

The accident was a terrible thing.

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A particular state of affairs; a situation.

Let's deal with this thing promptly.

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The general state of affairs; conditions.
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(informal) The latest fad or fashion.

Drag racing was the thing then.

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Personal belongings; also, clothes or clothing.
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A dress, garment, etc.

Not a thing to wear.

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A Scandinavian legislative body.
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A word, symbol, sign, or other referent that can be used to refer to any entity.
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An individual object or distinct entity.
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(informal) Something that is normal or generally recognised.

Bacon pie? Is that a thing?

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(law) Whatever can be owned.
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(in the plural) Clothes, possessions or equipment.
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(informal) A unit or container, usually containing edible goods.

Get me a thing of apple juice at the store; I just ate a whole thing of jelly beans.

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(informal) A problem, dilemma, or complicating factor.

The car looks cheap, but the thing is, I have doubts about its safety.

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(slang) A penis.
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A living being or creature.

You poor thing; she's a funny old thing, but her heart's in the right place; I met a pretty blond thing at the bar.

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That which matters; the crux.

That's the thing: we don't know where he went; the thing is, I don't have any money.

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Used after a noun to refer dismissively to the situation surrounding the noun's referent.

Oh yeah, I'm supposed to promote that vision thing.

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(chiefly historical) A public assembly or judicial council in a Germanic country.
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(rare) To express as a thing; to reify.
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(chiefly historical) A public assembly or judicial council in a Germanic country.
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(law) That which may be owned; a property.
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An individual object, especially an inanimate object.

There wasn't a thing in sight.

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A creature.

That baby is the sweetest thing!

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A person.

Poor thing.

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(informal) A complex, often neurotic liking, fear, aversion, etc. with regard to some person, thing, or activity.

To have a thing about air travel.

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(informal) first thing
  • Right away; before anything else:
    Do your assignments first thing in the morning.
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see
  • To have hallucinations.
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see things
  • to have hallucinations
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the thing
  • that which is wise, essential, etc.
  • that which is the height of fashion or style
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
thing
Plural:
things

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of thing

  • Middle English from Old English

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

  • From Middle English, from Old English þing (thing), from Proto-Germanic *þingą; compare West Frisian ding, Low German Ding, Dutch ding, German Ding, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian ting. The word originally meant "assembly", then came to mean a specific issue discussed at such an assembly, and ultimately came to mean most broadly "an object". Compare the Latin rēs, also meaning legal matter. Modern use to refer to a Germanic assembly is likely influenced by cognates (from the same Proto-Germanic root) like Old Norse þing (thing), Swedish ting, and Old High German ding with this meaning.

    From Wiktionary

  • See thing.

    From Wiktionary