Definitions of It

  1. The neuter pronoun of the third person, corresponding to the masculine pronoun he and the feminine she, and having the same plural (they, their or theirs, them). Webster Dictionary DB
  2. As a substance for any noun of the neuter gender; as, here is the book, take it home. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. As a demonstrative, especially at the beginning of a sentence, pointing to that which is about to be stated, named, or mentioned, or referring to that which apparent or well known; as, I saw it was John. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. As an indefinite nominative for a impersonal verb; as, it snows; it rains. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. As a substitute for such general terms as, the state of affairs, the condition of things, and the like; as, how is it with the sick man? Webster Dictionary DB
  6. As an indefinite object after some intransitive verbs, or after a substantive used humorously as a verb; as, to foot it (i. e., to walk). Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The neuter pronoun of the third person singular. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. The thing spoken of or referred to. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. The thing referred to. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. The personal pronoun of the third person, singular number, and neuter gender; that one. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. The neut. pron. of the third pers. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. The pron. of the 3d pers. sing. neut. nom. or obj.; the thing already spoken of. Note.-It in a sentence stands instead of, and refers to, a place, animal, thing, quality, or clause, but often to nothing definite, as, it rains. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
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  14. The country code for Italy. foldoc_fs
  15. it, pron. the thing spoken of. [M. E. and A.S. hit, neut. of he; Ice. hit, Dut. het, Goth. ita; akin to L. id, Sans. i, pronominal root=here. The t is an old neuter suffix, as in tha-t, wha-t, and cognate with d in L. illu-d, istu-d, quo-d.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  16. (poss. its; pl. they, obj. them, poss. their). The thing in question; the person in question, as who is it (that knocks)?, it (the person that knocks) is I, (archaic poet.) it (what occupies my mind) is the miller\'s daughter, & she is grown so dear, (nursery sympathetic) has it lost its rattle then? (have you, your); (as subject of impers. vb) it rains, it is cold; it (the season) is winter, it (the day) is Ash Wednesday, it is Ash Wednesday today, it (the distance) is 6 miles to Oxford; it says in the Bible (the Bible says) that all men are liars; I would go if it were not (would go but) for the expense; (as subject, anticipating deferred virtual subject in more or less conscious apposition) it is absurd talking (or to talk) like that, it is incredible that he should refuse, it is a dirty business, this meat-canning; (anticipating deferred subject introduced by that conj., separated from it by adv. predicate) it is seldom that he fails, it is in vain that you quibble, it is to him that you must apply; (as antecedent to relative of either number& any gender, separated by predicate) it was a purse that he dropped, it was the Russians that began it; (as indef. obj. w. trans. or intr. vb) face it out, carry it with a high hand, deuce take it, run for it, lord it over him, cab it (go habitually or on the particular occasion in cab), give it him (hot), have done it (blundered). [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  17. pron. [Anglo-Saxon, Latin, Sanskrit] An impersonal pronoun, usually regarded as a demonstrative, but properly the neuter of he, and applied to objects without sex, to things, or to persons treated as things ; - a substitute for any word of the neuter gender ; - a substitute for the state or condition of a person or affair ; - the nominative case to an impersonal verb ; - the nominative to is or was, followed by a personal pronoun or name of a person. Cabinet Dictionary
  18. The neutral demonstrative; the thing spoken of before; it is used ludicrously after neutral verbs, to give an emphasis; It is idiomatically applied to persons, as It was I, It was he. Complete Dictionary

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