Definitions for ITɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

it*ɪt(pron.; nom.)it

  1. (pron.)(used to represent an inanimate thing understood, previously mentioned, about to be mentioned, or present in the immediate context):

    It was broken. You can't tell a book by its cover.

    Category: Function Word

  2. (used to represent a person or animal understood, previously mentioned, or about to be mentioned whose gender is unknown or disregarded):

    Who was it? It was John.

    Category: Function Word

  3. (used to represent a group understood or previously mentioned):

    The judge told the jury it could recess.

    Category: Function Word

  4. (used to represent a concept or abstract idea understood or previously stated):

    It all started with Adam and Eve.

    Category: Status (usage)

  5. (used to represent an action or activity understood, previously mentioned, or about to be mentioned):

    Since you don't like it, you don't have to go skiing.

    Category: Function Word

  6. (used as the impersonal subject of the verb to be, esp. to refer to time, distance, or the weather):

    It is six o'clock. It was foggy.

    Category: Function Word

  7. (used in statements expressing an action, condition, fact, circumstance, or situation without reference to an agent):

    If it weren't for Edna, I wouldn't go.

    Category: Function Word

  8. (used in referring to something as the origin or cause of pain, pleasure, etc.):

    Where does it hurt?

    Category: Function Word

  9. (used in referring to a source not specifically named or described):

    It is said that love is blind.

    Category: Function Word

  10. (used in referring to the general state of affairs or life in general):

    How's it going with you?

    Category: Function Word

  11. (used as an anticipatory subject or object to make a sentence more eloquent or suspenseful or to shift emphasis):

    It is necessary that you do your duty. It was a gun that he was carrying.

    Category: Function Word

  12. (used in referring to a critical event that has finally happened or is about to happen):

    The lights went out. We thought, this is it!

  13. Informal. (used instead of the pronoun its before a gerund or present participle):

    It having rained for only one hour didn't help the crops.

    Category: Informal

  14. (n.)(in children's games) the player who is to perform some task, as, in tag, the one who must catch the others.

    Category: Games

  15. Slang. a desirable personal attribute. sexual intercourse.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

* Usage: See me.

Origin of it:

bef. 900; ME, var. of hit, OE, neut. of he1


  1. information technology.

    Category: Computers, Business


  1. Italian.

    Category: Geography (places)

  2. Italy.

    Category: Geography (places)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. it(pronoun)ɪt

    refers to sb or sth already mentioned

    "Are you going to the concert?" "Yeah, it starts at 8, right?"; If you've ever been diving you'll know how amazing it is.

  2. itɪt

    refers to a non-specific subject or object

    It's terrible the way he talks to her.; I used to love it when the whole family got together.; It seems so unfair that she can't go.

  3. itɪt

    refers to a situation

    It's hard bringing children up on your own.

  4. itɪt

    refers to the weather

    I see it's raining again.; Does it snow where you live?

  5. itɪt

    refers to the time or date

    It's just after five o'clock.; When is it time to leave?; It'll be January in a few days.

  6. itɪt

    refers to distance

    Is it a long way to walk?; It's 300 miles to the coast.

  7. itɪt

    emphasizes a part of what you are saying

    It's not me I'm worried about, it's you.

  8. itɪt

    used to say who sb is

    It's Mike on the phone.; Hi, it's me!

  9. IT(abbreviation)ɪt

    information technology; the use and organization of computers to store and communicate information, etc.

    He works in IT.


  1. it(Noun)

    (in the senses "punch", "kill", etc).

  2. it(Verb)

    (in the senses "punch", "kill", etc).

  3. Origin: A representation of the pronunciation of hit by a speaker whose dialect lacks the voiceless glottal fricative or transition ([h]). Not to be confused with hit, which is a dialectal variant of the pronoun it.

Webster Dictionary

  1. It

    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)

  2. It

    as a substance for any noun of the neuter gender; as, here is the book, take it home

  3. It

    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

  4. It

    as an indefinite nominative for a impersonal verb; as, it snows; it rains

  5. It

    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?

  6. It

    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)


  1. It

    It is a 1986 horror novel by American author Stephen King. The story follows the exploits of seven children as they are terrorized by an eponymous being, which exploits the fears and phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while hunting its prey. "It" primarily appears in the form of a clown in order to attract its preferred prey of young children. The novel is told through narratives alternating between two time periods, and is largely told in the third-person omniscient mode. It deals with themes which would eventually become King staples: the power of memory, childhood trauma, and the ugliness lurking behind a façade of traditional small-town values. The novel won the British Fantasy Award in 1987, and received nominations for the Locus and World Fantasy Awards that same year. Publishers Weekly listed It as the best-selling book in the United States in 1986.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'IT' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #10

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'IT' in Written Corpus Frequency: #5

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'IT' in Nouns Frequency: #2453

Anagrams of IT

  1. ti, TI, Ti.

Translations for IT

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(used as the subject of a verb or object of a verb or preposition) the thing spoken of, used especially of lifeless things and of situations, but also of animals and babies

If you find my pencil, please give it to me; The dog is in the garden, isn't it?; I picked up the baby because it was crying; He decided to run a mile every morning but he couldn't keep it up.

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