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thing meaning

EN[θɪŋ] [θiːŋ] [-ɪŋ]
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    Definition of thing in English Dictionary

  • NounPLthingsSUF-ing
    1. That which is considered to exist as a separate entity, object, quality or concept.
      1. The dirty secret of the internet is that all this distraction and interruption is immensely profitable. Web companies like to boast about […], or offering services that let you […], "share the things you love with the world" and so on. But the real way to build a successful online business is to be better than your rivals at undermining people's control of their own attention.
    2. A word, symbol, sign, or other referent that can be used to refer to any entity.
      1. An individual object or distinct entity.
        1. INF Something that is normal or generally recognised.
          1. Bacon pie? Is that a thing? ‎
        2. (law).
          1. The latest fad or fashion.
            1. (in the plural) Clothes, possessions or equipment.
              1. INF A unit or container, usually containing edible goods.
                1. get me a thing of apple juice at the store;  I just ate a whole thing of jelly beans ‎
              2. INF A problem, dilemma, or complicating factor.
                1. The car looks cheap, but the thing is, I have doubts about its safety. ‎
              3. SLA A penis.
                1. A living being or creature.
                  1. Think of banking today and the image is of grey-suited men in towering skyscrapers. Its future, however, is being shaped in converted warehouses and funky offices in San Francisco, New York and London, where bright young things in jeans and T-shirts huddle around laptops, sipping lattes or munching on free food.
                2. That which matters; the crux.
                  1. that's the thing: we don't know where he went;  the thing is, I don't have any money ‎
                3. Used after a noun to refer dismissively to the situation surrounding the noun's referent.
                  1. Oh yeah, I'm supposed to promote that vision thing. ‎
                4. INF That which is favoured; personal preference. (Used in possessive constructions.).
                  1. (chiefly historical) A public assembly or judicial council in a Germanic country.
                  2. VerbSGthingsPRthingingPT, PPthinged
                    1. (rare) To express as a thing; to reify.
                    2. More Examples
                      1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
                        • When I lived with my mum, the only thing we ever argued about was her food shopping addiction. Every single cupboard was chocka, the fridge was chocka, the freezer was chocka.
                        • Beginning there weak-handed is not the thing to do.
                        • Let's see how things develop and then make our decision. ‎
                      2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
                        • Things went well through the crisp toasts with oiled acciughe, blistered friggitello peppers from the garden.
                        • Things would soon become bigger than the local nighteries.
                        • Things have been better since the boss has been laying off a little.
                      3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
                        • Luxury did not spoil her; and any one that saw her in the soft furs of her winter wrappings, would have said that delicate cheek and frame were never made to know the unkindliness of harsher things.
                        • The wussification of Texas is all about those little things.
                        • The successfulness of a business depends on many things.
                    • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
                      1. Nouns
                        • Countable nouns
                        • Verbs
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                        2. en thingummy
                        3. en thingy
                        4. en thinge
                        5. en thingo
                        Source: Wiktionary

                        Meaning of thing for the defined word.

                        Grammatically, this word "thing" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun. It's also a verb.
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