this
I. pronoun (plural these) Etymology: Middle English, pronoun & adjective, from Old English thes (masculine), this (neuter); akin to Old High German dese this, Old English thæt that Date: before 12th century 1. a. (1) the person, thing, or idea that is present or near in place, time, or thought or that has just been mentioned <
these are my hands
>
(2) what is stated in the following phrase, clause, or discourse <
I can only say this: it wasn't here yesterday
>
b. this time or place <
expected to return before this
>
2. a. the one nearer or more immediately under observation or discussion <
this is iron and that is tin
>
b. the one more recently referred to II. adjective (plural these) Date: before 12th century 1. a. being the person, thing, or idea that is present or near in place, time, or thought or that has just been mentioned <
this book is mine
>
<
early this morning
>
b. constituting the immediately following part of the present discourse c. constituting the immediate past or future <
friends all these years
>
d. being one not previously mentioned — used especially in narrative to give a sense of immediacy or vividness <
then this guy runs in
>
<
had this urge to go shopping
>
2. being the nearer at hand or more immediately under observation or discussion <
this car or that one
>
III. adverb Date: 15th century to the degree or extent indicated by something in the immediate context or situation <
didn't expect to wait this long
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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