Meaning of THING in English

■ noun

1》 an object that one need not, cannot, or does not wish to give a specific name to.

↘( ~s ) personal belongings or clo~.

2》 an inanimate material object as distinct from a living being.

↘a living creature or plant.

↘a person or animal in terms of one's feelings of pity, approval, etc.: you lucky ~!

3》 an action, activity, concept, or thought.

↘( ~s ) unspecified circumstances or matters.

4》 ( the ~ ) informal what is needed or required.

↘what is socially acceptable or fashionable.

5》 ( one's ~ ) informal one's special interest or concern.


be hearing (or seeing ) ~s imagine that one can hear (or see) some~ that is not in fact there.

a close (or near ) ~ a narrow avoidance of some~ unpleasant.

do one's own ~ informal follow one's own inclinations regardless of others.

have a ~ about informal have a preoccupation or obsession with.

there is only one ~ for it there is only one possible course of action.


OE (also in the senses 'meeting' and 'matter, concern'), of Gmc origin.

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