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From Middle English it, hit ( > dialectal English hit (“it”)), from Old English hit (“it”), from Proto-Germanic *hit (“this, this one”), from Proto-Indo-European *?e-, *?ey- (“this, here”). Cognate with West Frisian it (“it”), Saterland Frisian et, 't (“it”), Low German it (“it”), Dutch het (“it”), German es (“it”), Latin cis, hic. More at he.
- The third-person singular personal pronoun that is normally used to refer to an inanimate object or abstract entity, also often used to refer to animals.
- A third-person singular personal pronoun used to refer to a child, especially of unknown gender.
- Used to refer to someone being identified, often on the phone, but not limited to this situation.
- The impersonal pronoun, used without referent as the subject of an impersonal verb or statement. (known as the dummy pronoun or weather it)
- The impersonal pronoun, used without referent in various short idioms.
- The impersonal pronoun, used as a placeholder for a delayed subject, or less commonly, object; known as the dummy pronoun or, more formally in linguistics, a syntactic expletive. The delayed subject is commonly a to-infinitive, a gerund, or a noun clause introduced by a subordinating conjunction.
- All or the end; something after which there is no more.
- (chiefly derogatory, offensive) A third-person singular personal pronoun used to refer to an animate referent who is transgender or is neither female nor male.
- (obsolete) Followed by an omitted and understood relative pronoun: That which; what.
- (obsolete) its
it (plural its)
- One who is neither a he nor a she; a creature; a dehumanized being.
- The person who chases and tries to catch the other players in the playground game of tag.
- (Britain, uncountable) The game of tag.
- (uncountable) Sex appeal, especially that which goes beyond beauty.
- (euphemistic) Sexual activity.
- A biological force that inhabits living beings, according to the vitalist approach of Georg Groddeck.
it (not comparable)
- (colloquial) Most fashionable.