They
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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