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The The, adv. [AS. [eth][=e], [eth][=y], instrumental case of s[=e], se['o], [eth][ae]t, the definite article. See 2d {The}.] By that; by how much; by so much; on that account; -- used before comparatives; as, the longer we continue in sin, the more difficult it is to reform. ``Yet not the more cease I.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

So much the rather thou, Celestial Light, Shine inward, and the mind through all her powers Irradiate. --Milton. [1913 Webster]


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  • The — ([th][=e], when emphatic or alone; [th][ e], obscure before a vowel; [th]e, obscure before a consonant; 37), definite article. [AS. [eth][=e], a later form for earlier nom. sing. masc. s[=e], formed under the influence of the oblique cases. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The — ([th][=e]), v. i. See {Thee}. [Obs.] Chaucer. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • the — I. definite article Etymology: Middle English, from Old English thē, masculine demonstrative pronoun & definite article, alteration (influenced by oblique cases as thæs, genitive & neuter, thæt) of sē; akin to Greek ho, masculine demonstrative… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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