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ðæt; unstressed ðətthat

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  1. thatadverb

    To a given extent or degree; particularly.

    I'm just not that sick.

  2. thatadverb

    So, so much; very.

  3. thatadverb


    The water is so cold! That it is.

  4. thatpronoun

    That thing or person.

  5. thatpronoun

    Which, who.

  6. thatconjunction

    The (thing) being indicated (at a distance from the speaker, or previously mentioned, or at another time).

  7. thatconjunction

    Introducing a hypothetical fact or supposition: 'given that', 'as would appear from the fact that'.

  8. thatconjunction

    With antecedent so or such: introducing the result of the main clause.

  9. thatconjunction

    Without any antecedent: so that.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Thatconjunction.

    It is not that I love you less
    Than when before your feet I lay:
    But to prevent the sad increase
    Of hopeless love, I keep away. Edmund Waller.

    Forgive me that I thus your patience wrong. Abraham Cowley.

    That he should dare to do me this disgrace,
    Is fool or coward writ upon my face? Dryden.

    The custom and familiarity of these tongues do sometimes so far influence the expressions in these epistles, that one may observe the force of the Hebrew conjugations. John Locke.

    We answered, that we held it so agreeable, as we both forgot dangers past and fears to come, that we thought an hour spent with him was worth years of our former life. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    Treat it kindly, that it may
    Wish at least with us to stay. Abraham Cowley.

  2. Thatpronoun.

    Etymology: thata, Gothick; ðæt , Saxon; dat, Dutch.

    He wins me by that means I told you. William Shakespeare.

    Octavia, not only that,
    That were excuseable, that and thousands more
    Of semblable import, but he hath wag’d
    New wars against Pompey. William Shakespeare.

    You’ll rue the time
    That clogs me with this answer. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Nothing they but dust can show,
    Or bones that hasten to be so. Abraham Cowley.

    Saints that taught and led the way to heav’n. Thomas Tickell.

    I’ll know your business, that I will. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    They said, what is that to us? see thou to that. Matth.

    Ye defraud, and that your brethren. 1 Cor. vi. 8.

    Yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies I will not cast them away. Lev. xxvi. 44.

    They weep as if they meant
    That way at least proud Nabas to prevent. Abraham Cowley.

    This runick subject will occur upon that of poetry. William Temple.

    What is inviting in this sort of poetry proceeds not so much from the idea of a country life itself, as from that of its tranquillity. Alexander Pope.

    This is not fair; nor profitable that;
    Nor t’other question proper for debate. John Dryden, Persius.

    In this scale gold, in t’ other fame does lie,
    The weight of that mounts this so high. Abraham Cowley.

    By religion is meant a living up to those principles, that is, to act conformably to our best reason, and to live as becomes those who believe a God and a future state. John Tillotson.

    Sir, I think the meat wants that I have.
    ———— Basting. William Shakespeare, Comedy of Errours.

    The Nazarite hath vowed, besides that that his hand shall get. Num. vi. 21.

    He made that art which was a rage. Abraham Cowley.

    Secure proud Nabas slept,
    And dreamt, vain man, of that day’s barb’rous sport. Abraham Cowley.

    This is that Jonathan, the joy and grace,
    That Jonathan in whom does mixt remain
    All that fond mothers wish. Abraham Cowley.

    Hence love himself, that tyrant of my days. Abraham Cowley.

    Things are preached not in that they are taught, but in that they are published. Richard Hooker, b. v.


  1. That

    That is an English language word used for several grammatical purposes. These include use as an adjective, conjunction, pronoun, adverb, and intensifier; it has distance from the speaker, as opposed to words like this. The word did not originally exist in Old English, and its concept was represented by þe. Once it came into being, it was spelt as þæt (among others, such as þet), taking the role of the modern that. It also took on the role of the modern word what, though this has since changed, and that has recently replaced some usage of the modern which. Pronunciation of the word varies according to its role within a sentence, with two main varieties (a strong and a weak form), though there are also regional differences, such as where the sound is substituted instead by a in English spoken in Cameroon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. That

    as a demonstrative pronoun (pl. Those), that usually points out, or refers to, a person or thing previously mentioned, or supposed to be understood. That, as a demonstrative, may precede the noun to which it refers; as, that which he has said is true; those in the basket are good apples

  2. That

    as an adjective, that has the same demonstrative force as the pronoun, but is followed by a noun

  3. That

    as a relative pronoun, that is equivalent to who or which, serving to point out, and make definite, a person or thing spoken of, or alluded to, before, and may be either singular or plural

  4. That

    as a conjunction, that retains much of its force as a demonstrative pronoun

  5. That

    to introduce a clause employed as the object of the preceding verb, or as the subject or predicate nominative of a verb

  6. That

    to introduce, a reason or cause; -- equivalent to for that, in that, for the reason that, because

  7. That

    to introduce a purpose; -- usually followed by may, or might, and frequently preceded by so, in order, to the end, etc

  8. That

    to introduce a consequence, result, or effect; -- usually preceded by so or such, sometimes by that

  9. That

    in an elliptical sentence to introduce a dependent sentence expressing a wish, or a cause of surprise, indignation, or the like

  10. That

    as adverb: To such a degree; so; as, he was that frightened he could say nothing

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. That

    that, pron. demons. and rel.—as a demons. (pl. Those) it points out a person or thing: the former or more distant thing: not this but the other: as a rel., who or which.—conj. used to introduce a clause: because: for: in order that. [A.S. thæt, neut. of the article the (ðe, ðeó, ðæt, usually replaced by se, seó, ðæt); cog. with Ger. das, dass; Gr. to, Sans. tat. Cf. The.]

Editors Contribution

  1. that

    A reason or cause.

    The fact that we are united is visible to use all and creates the just solutions we choose as a collective to create optimum health, human rights and shared prosperity for all animals and humans on planet earth.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 26, 2020  

  2. that

    A specific amount or value.

    The citizens that voted were very happy with the outcome.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 19, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'THAT' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #12

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'THAT' in Written Corpus Frequency: #10

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'THAT' in Adverbs Frequency: #165

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of THAT in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of THAT in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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    a protective covering (as for a knife or sword)
    • A. snap
    • B. whitewash
    • C. encumbrance
    • D. sheath

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