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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

he*hi; unstressed i(pron.)he; his; him

  1. (pron.)the male person or animal being discussed or last mentioned; that male.

    Category: Function Word

  2. anyone (without reference to sex); that person:

    He who hesitates is lost.

    Category: Function Word

  3. (n.)any male person or animal; a man:

    hes and shes.

    Category: Function Word

  4. (adj.)male (usu. used in combination):

    a he-goat.

    Category: Function Word

* nom.. Usage: Traditionally, the pronouns he, his, and him have been used generically to refer to indefinite singular pronouns like anyone, everyone, and someone (Everyone who agrees should raise his hand) and to singular nouns that do not indicate sex: Every writer hopes he will produce a bestseller. This generic use is often criticized as sexist, although many speakers and writers continue the practice. Various approaches have been developed to avoid generic he . One is to use plural forms entirely: Those who agree should raise their hands. All writers hope they will produce bestsellers. Another is to use the masculine and feminine singular pronouns together: he or she , she or he ; he/she , she/he. A common practice in speech is to use forms of they to refer to such antecedents: If anyone calls, tell them I'm not home. See they. Forms blending the feminine and masculine pronouns, as s/he, have not been widely adopted. See also they .

Origin of he:

bef. 900; ME, OE (masc. nom. sing.); c. D hij, OS hē, OHG her he; see his , him , she , her , it

heheɪ(n.)(pl.)hes or hehs.

or heh

  1. the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  2. any of the sounds represented by this letter.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

Origin of he:

< Heb hē'

He*

  1. helium.

    Category: Chemistry

* Chem. Symbol..

H.E.

  1. high explosive.

    Category: Titles, Associations, Organizations

  2. His Eminence.

    Category: Titles, Associations, Organizations

  3. His Excellency; Her Excellency.

    Category: Titles, Associations, Organizations

Princeton's WordNet

  1. helium, He, atomic number 2(noun)

    a very light colorless element that is one of the six inert gasses; the most difficult gas to liquefy; occurs in economically extractable amounts in certain natural gases (as those found in Texas and Kansas)

  2. he(noun)

    the 5th letter of the Hebrew alphabet

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. he(pronoun)ˈʃi ərˈhi, ˈʃiˈhi

    indicates a male who has already been mentioned

    "Did Paul say anything?" "No, he didn't."

Wiktionary

  1. He(Pronoun)

    Referring to God.

    I love the Lord for He is Great and Holy .

  2. Origin: Transliteration of various Semitic letters, such as Phoenician , Hebrew and Syriac .

Webster Dictionary

  1. He

    the man or male being (or object personified to which the masculine gender is assigned), previously designated; a pronoun of the masculine gender, usually referring to a specified subject already indicated

  2. He

    any one; the man or person; -- used indefinitely, and usually followed by a relative pronoun

  3. He

    man; a male; any male person; -- in this sense used substantively

Freebase

  1. He

    He is the fifth letter of many Semitic alphabets, including Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew ה, Syriac ܗ and Arabic hāʾ ه. Its sound value is a voiceless glottal fricative. The Phoenician letter gave rise to the Greek Epsilon, Etruscan

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'HE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #14

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'HE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #22


Translations for HE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

he(pronoun)

a male person or animal already spoken about

When I spoke to John, he told me he had seen you.

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