What does This mean?

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  1. thisadverb

    To the degree or extent indicated.

  2. thispronoun

    The thing, item, etc. being indicated.

    This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in fortune,often the surfeit of our own behaviour,we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars Shakespeare, King Lear, Act 1. Scene 2.

  3. Etymology: from (neuter demonstrative), from North Sea Germanic base *, from þat, from tód, extended form of demonstrative base ; + North Sea Germanic definitive suffix -s, from só.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Thispronoun.

    Etymology: ðis , Saxon.

    Bardolph and Nim had more valour than this, yet they were both hang’d; and so would this be, if he durst steal. William Shakespeare.

    Come a little nearer this ways. William Shakespeare.

    Within this three mile may you see it coming;
    I say a moving grove. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Must I endure all this? William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    This same shall comfort us concerning our toil. Gen. v. 29.

    This is not the place for a large reduction. Matthew Hale.

    There is a very great inequality among men as to their internal endowments, and their external conditions, in this life. Edmund Calamy, Sermons.

    Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: peradventure ten shall be found there. Gen. xviii. 32.

    By this the vessel half her course had run. Dryden.

    I have not wept this forty years; but now
    My mother comes afresh into my eyes. Dryden.

    As when two winds with rival force contend,
    This way and that, the wav’ring sails they bend,
    While freezing Boreas and black Eurus blow,
    Now here, now there, the reeling vessel throw. Alexander Pope.

    According as the small parts of matter are connected together after this or that determinate manner, a body of this or that denomination is produced. Boyle.

    Do we not often hear of this or that young heir? are not his riches and his lewdnesses talkt of together? Robert South, Serm.

    This way and that the impatient captives tend,
    And pressing for release the mountains rend. Dryden.

    Their judgment in this we may not, and in that we need not, follow. Richard Hooker.

    Consider the arguments which the author had to write this, or to design the other, before you arraign him. Dryden.

    With endless pain this man persues
    What, if he gain’d, he could not use:
    And t’other fondly hopes to see
    What never was, nor e’er shall be. Matthew Prior.


  1. This

    This TV (also known as This TV Network and alternately stylized as thisTV) is an American free-to-air television network owned by Allen Media Broadcast Networks, LLC, part of the Allen Media Group division of Entertainment Studios. Originally formed in 2008 as a joint venture between Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Weigel Broadcasting, the network maintains a large programming emphasis on films (those primarily sourced from the library of partial owner MGM), but also airs other limited general entertainment content in the form of classic television series and children's programming. The network is available in many media markets via broadcast television stations, primarily on their digital subchannels, and on select cable television providers through carriage of a local affiliate (primarily on digital cable tiers). This TV's programming and business operations are headquartered in Century City, California with the rest of Entertainment Studio's operations; MGM handles advertising sales for the network through its offices in New York City.


  1. This

    "This" is a pronoun used to refer to a person, thing, idea, event, moment, or situation that has been previously mentioned or is understood in the context of the conversation or written text. It functions to indicate something specific or nearby in terms of time, place, or concept.

  2. this

    The word "this" is a pronoun that refers to a person, thing, idea, or event that is near to the speaker or writer, or that has just been mentioned or is being understood in the context of the conversation or text.

Webster Dictionary

  1. This

    as a demonstrative pronoun, this denotes something that is present or near in place or time, or something just mentioned, or that is just about to be mentioned

  2. This

    as an adjective, this has the same demonstrative force as the pronoun, but is followed by a noun; as, this book; this way to town


  1. This

    This is a poetry journal associated with what would later be called Language poetry because during the time span in which This was published, "many poets of the emerging Language school were represented in its pages". The first three issues were edited by Robert Grenier and Barrett Watten. The subsequent nine issues were edited by Watten. Some of the writers featured in the pages of This magazine include: Steve Benson, Bill Berkson, Merrill Gilfillan, Lyn Hejinian, Bernadette Mayer, Michael Palmer, Kit Robinson, Jim Rosenberg, and Peter Seaton. Watten also published monographs under the imprint "This Press": "which began with publication of Clark Coolidge's The Maintains in 1974 and published work by Larry Eigner, Ron Silliman, Robert Grenier, Carla Harryman, Ted Greenwald, Kit Robinson, Bruce Andrews, and Alan Davies". These writers also appeared in the magazine during its run of issues.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. This

    this, demons. pron. or adj. denoting a person or thing near, just mentioned, or about to be mentioned: (B.) the last past:—pl. These.—n. This′ness, hæccity. [A.S. this, the neut. of the adj. pron. thes (masc.), theós (fem.), this (neut.)—pl. thǽs (=these), thás (=those); Ice. thessi, Ger. dieser.]

Editors Contribution

  1. this

    A word to describe a specific known intuitive connection, context or interpretation of an expression of language.

    This moment is valued on planet earth to feel, know, understand and value our collective unity and see it manifest itself so beautifully through us all.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 3, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'This' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #26

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'This' in Written Corpus Frequency: #30

Anagrams for This »

  1. shit

  2. sith

  3. tish

  4. Tish

  5. hist

  6. Hist

  7. hits

  8. tshi

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of This in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of This in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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