Definitions for itemˈaɪ təm; ˈaɪ tɛm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

i•temˈaɪ təm; ˈaɪ tɛm(n., v.; adv.; n.)

  1. a separate article or particular:

    50 items on the list.

  2. a piece of information or news.

  3. a topic of gossip.

    Category: Status (usage)

  4. a couple who are romantically involved.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. (adv.)also; likewise (used esp. to introduce each article or statement in a list or series).

  6. (v.t. Archaic.)to list or itemize.

  7. to make a note of.

Origin of item:

1350–1400; ME: likewise (adv.), the same (n.) < L: likewise

Princeton's WordNet

  1. item, point(noun)

    a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list

    "he noticed an item in the New York Times"; "she had several items on her shopping list"; "the main point on the agenda was taken up first"

  2. detail, particular, item(noun)

    a small part that can be considered separately from the whole

    "it was perfect in all details"

  3. item(noun)

    a whole individual unit; especially when included in a list or collection

    "they reduced the price on many items"

  4. detail, item, point(noun)

    an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole

    "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information"

  5. token, item(adverb)

    an individual instance of a type of symbol

    "the word`error' contains three tokens of `r'"

  6. item(adverb)

    (used when listing or enumerating items) also

    "a length of chain, item a hook"-Philip Guedalla

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. item(noun)ˈaɪtəm

    a single object in a group or piece of information on a list

    There are several very interesting items for sale today.; item three on the agenda


  1. item(Noun)

    A distinct physical object.

    Tweezers are great for manipulating small items.

  2. item(Noun)

    A line of text having a legal or semantic meaning.

    In response to the first item, we deny all wrongdoing.

  3. item(Noun)

    A matter for discussion in an agenda.

    The first item for discussion is the budget for next year's picnic.

  4. item(Noun)

    Two people who are having a relationship with each other.

    Jack and Jill are an item.

  5. item(Noun)

    A question on a test, which may include its answers.

    The exam has 100 items, each of which includes a correct response and three distractors.

  6. Origin: The word started as item for "also", "in the same manner", and got its present English meaning by people misunderstanding usage in lists where the first entry began "Imprimis" (Latin for "firstly"), and the other entries each started "Item" (Latin for "also"), in former times when most learned people in England knew Latin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Item(adverb)

    also; as an additional article

  2. Item(noun)

    an article; a separate particular in an account; as, the items in a bill

  3. Item(noun)

    a hint; an innuendo

  4. Item(noun)

    a short article in a newspaper; a paragraph; as, an item concerning the weather

  5. Item(verb)

    to make a note or memorandum of

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'item' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3124

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'item' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1096

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'item' in Nouns Frequency: #418

Anagrams of item

  1. emit, mite, time

  2. Emit

  3. Mite

  4. Time

Translations for item

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a separate object, article etc, especially one of a number named in a list

He ticked the items as he read through the list.

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