Their
He He (h[=e]), pron. [nom. {He}; poss. {His} (h[i^]z); obj. {Him} (h[i^]m); pl. nom. {They} ([th][=a]); poss. {Their} or {Theirs} ([th][^a]rz or [th][=a]rz); obj. {Them} ([th][e^]m).] [AS. h[=e], masc., he['o], fem., hit, neut.; pl. h[=i], or hie, hig; akin to OFries. hi, D. hij, OS. he, hi, G. heute to-day, Goth. himma, dat. masc., this, hina, accus. masc., and hita, accus. neut., and prob. to L. his this. [root]183. Cf. {It}.] 1. The man or male being (or object personified to which the masculine gender is assigned), previously designated; a pronoun of the masculine gender, usually referring to a specified subject already indicated. [1913 Webster]

Thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. --Gen. iii. 16. [1913 Webster]

Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God; him shalt thou serve. --Deut. x. 20. [1913 Webster]

2. Any one; the man or person; -- used indefinitely, and usually followed by a relative pronoun. [1913 Webster]

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise. --Prov. xiii. 20. [1913 Webster]

3. Man; a male; any male person; -- in this sense used substantively. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

I stand to answer thee, Or any he, the proudest of thy sort. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Note: When a collective noun or a class is referred to, he is of common gender. In early English, he referred to a feminine or neuter noun, or to one in the plural, as well as to noun in the masculine singular. In composition, he denotes a male animal; as, a he-goat. [1913 Webster]


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  • their — W1S1 [ðə strong ðeə $ ðər strong ðer] determiner [possessive form of they ] [Date: 1100 1200; : Old Norse; Origin: theirra theirs ] 1.) belonging to or connected with people or things that have already been mentioned ▪ They washed their faces and …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Their — Their, pron. & a. [OE. thair, fr. Icel. [thorn]eirra, [thorn]eira, of them, but properly gen. pl. of the definite article; akin to AS. [eth][=a]ra, [eth][=ae]ra, gen. pl. of the definite article, or fr. AS. [eth][=ae]ra, influenced by the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • their — ► POSSESSIVE DETERMINER 1) belonging to or associated with the people or things previously mentioned or easily identified. 2) belonging to or associated with a person of unspecified sex (used in place of either ‘his’ or ‘his or her’). 3) (Their)… …   English terms dictionary

  • their — [ther] possessive pronominal adj. [ME theyr < ON theirra, gen. pl. of the demonstrative pron. replacing ME here, OE hira: see THEY] of, belonging to, made by, or done by them: also used before some formal titles [Their Majesties ]: often used… …   English World dictionary

  • their — their·selves; their; …   English syllables

  • their — c.1200, from O.N. þierra, gen. of þeir they (see THEY (Cf. they)). Replaced O.E. hiera. Use with singular objects, scorned by grammarians, is attested from c.1300. Theirs (c.1300) is a double possessive. Alternative form theirn (1836) is attested …   Etymology dictionary

  • their */*/*/ — UK [ðeə(r)] / US [ðer] determiner Summary: Their is used as a possessive determiner (followed by a noun), being a possessive form of they. Get it right: their: Don t confuse their (the possessive form of they ) and there (a pronoun and adverb).… …   English dictionary

  • their — [[t]ðeə(r)[/t]] ♦ (Their is the third person plural possessive determiner.) 1) DET POSS You use their to indicate that something belongs or relates to the group of people, animals, or things that you are talking about. Janis and Kurt have… …   English dictionary

  • their — /dhair/; unstressed /dheuhr/, pron. 1. a form of the possessive case of they used as an attributive adjective, before a noun: their home; their rights as citizens; their departure for Rome. 2. (used after an indefinite singular antecedent in… …   Universalium

  • their — possessive determiner 1》 belonging to or associated with the people or things previously mentioned or easily identified. 2》 belonging to or associated with a person of unspecified sex (used in place of either ‘his’ or ‘his or her’). 3》 (Their)… …   English new terms dictionary

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