Theirs
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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  • theirs — [ ðerz ] pronoun * Theirs is used as a possessive pronoun, being a possessive form of they. It can refer to a singular or plural noun, and it can be the subject, object, or complement of a verb or the object of a preposition: Our cat is dark gray …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • theirs — S3 [ðeəz US ðerz] pron [possessive form of they ] 1.) used to refer to something that belongs to or is connected with people that have already been mentioned ▪ When our washing machine broke, our neighbours let us use theirs. ▪ Our house is… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • theirs — [therz] pron. [ME theires < theyr (see THEIR) + es by analogy with his,HIS] that or those belonging to them: the possessive form of THEY, used without a following noun, often after of [ that house is theirs; theirs are better; I am a friend of …   English World dictionary

  • theirs — This possessive pronoun, as used in The house is not mine but theirs, is written without an apostrophe. In compound subjects connected by and, the correct form is (e.g.) Our children and theirs went on holiday together, not ☒ Theirs and our… …   Modern English usage

  • theirs — ► POSSESSIVE PRONOUN ▪ used to refer to something belonging to or associated with two or more people or things previously mentioned …   English terms dictionary

  • theirs — [[t]ðe͟ə(r)z[/t]] (Theirs is the third person plural possessive pronoun.) 1) PRON POSS You use theirs to indicate that something belongs or relates to the group of people, animals, or things that you are talking about. There was a big group of a… …   English dictionary

  • theirs */ — UK [ðeə(r)z] / US [ðerz] pronoun Summary: Theirs is used as a possessive pronoun, being a possessive form of they. It can refer to a singular or plural noun, and it can be the subject, object, or complement of a verb or the object of a… …   English dictionary

  • theirs — /dhairz/, pron. 1. a form of the possessive case of they used as a predicate adjective, after a noun or without a noun: Are you a friend of theirs? It is theirs. 2. (used after an indefinite singular antecedent in place of the definite masculine… …   Universalium

  • theirs — [[t]ðɛərz[/t]] pron. 1) fun a form of the possessive case of they used as a predicate adjective, after a noun or without a noun: Are you a friend of theirs? It is theirs[/ex] 2) fun (used after an indefinite singular antecedent in place of the… …   From formal English to slang

  • theirs — /ðɛəz / (say dhairz) pronoun (possessive) 1. the possessive form of they, used predicatively or absolutely: the glory is all theirs; theirs not to reason why; a book of theirs. 2. (used with singular force in informal contexts, and increasingly… …   Australian English dictionary

  • THEIRS — poss.pron. the one or ones belonging to or associated with them (it is theirs; theirs are over here). Phrases and idioms: of theirs of or belonging to them (a friend of theirs). Etymology: ME f. THEIR …   Useful english dictionary

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