You definition

yo͝o
Any person.

You can never be sure!

pronoun
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Used to refer to an indefinitely specified person; one.

You can't win them all.

pronoun
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You is a pronoun used to describe someone that is being spoken to, or to describe a hypothetical person or group of people.

An example of you is a word that could be used when complementing a friend.

An example of you is when all people are advised to be careful on Halloween.

pronoun
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2
The person to whom one is speaking or writing: personal pronoun in the second person (sing. & pl.)
pronoun
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Used to refer to the one or ones being addressed.

I'll lend you the book. You shouldn't work so hard.

pronoun
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To address (a person) using the pronoun you, rather than thou.
verb
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(subject pronoun) The people spoken to or written to, as a subject. (Replacing ye.) [from 14th c.]

Both of you should get ready now.

You are all supposed to do as I tell you.

pronoun
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(subject pronoun) The person spoken to or written to, as a subject. (Originally as a mark of respect.) [from 15th c.]
pronoun
0
0
(object pronoun) The people spoken, or written to, as an object. [from 9th c.]
pronoun
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1
(object pronoun) The person spoken to or written to, as an object. (Replacing thee; originally as a mark of respect.) [from 13th c.]
pronoun
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1
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(indefinite personal pronoun) Anyone, one; an unspecified individual or group of individuals (as subject or object). [from 16th c.]
pronoun
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The individual or group spoken or written to.

Have you gentlemen come to see the lady who fell backwards off a bus?

determiner
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(reflexive, now US colloquial) (To) Yourselves, (to) yourself. [from 9th c.]
pronoun
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Used before epithets for emphasis.

You idiot!

determiner
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(nonstandard) Used reflexively as the indirect object of a verb.

You might want to get you another pair of shoes.

pronoun
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of you - you-all

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
you
Plural:
yous

Origin of you

  • Middle English from Old English ēow dative and accusative of ye, you yu- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle English you, yow, ȝow, (object case of ye), from Old English Ä“ow, Ä«ow ("you"; dative case of Ä¡Ä“), from *iwwiz ("you"; dative case of *jÄ«z), Western form of Proto-Germanic *izwiz ("you"; dative case of *jÅ«z), from Proto-Indo-European *yÅ«s (“you (plural)"), *yū́. Cognate with West Frisian jo (“you"), Low German jo (“you"), Dutch jou & u (“you"), Middle High German eu, iu (“you", obj. pron.), Latin vōs (“you"), Avestan 𐬬𐬋 (vō, “you").

    From Wiktionary

  • See usage notes. Ye, you and your are cognate with Dutch jij/je, jou, jouw; Low German ji, jo/ju, jug and German ihr, euch and euer respectively. Ye is also cognate with archaic Swedish I.

    From Wiktionary