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stressed ði; unstressed before a consonant ðə, unstressed before a vowel ðithe

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  1. The

    The (listen) is a grammatical article in English, denoting persons or things already mentioned, under discussion, implied or otherwise presumed familiar to listeners or readers. It is the only definite article in English. The is the most commonly used word in the English language, accounting for seven percent of all words. It is derived from gendered articles in Old English which combined in Middle English and now has a single form used with pronouns of either genders. The word can be used with both singular and plural nouns and with a noun that starts with any letter. This is different from many other languages which have different forms of the definite article for different genders or numbers.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Theverb

    see Thee

  2. The

    a word placed before nouns to limit or individualize their meaning

  3. Theadverb

    by that; by how much; by so much; on that account; -- used before comparatives; as, the longer we continue in sin, the more difficult it is to reform

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. The

    the, or (when emphatic) thē, demons. pron. usually called the definite article, used to denote a particular person or thing: also to denote a species. [A.S. the, rarely used as nom. masc. of def. art., but common as an indeclinable relative. Cf. That.]

  2. The

    the, adv. used before comparatives, as, 'the more the better.' [A.S. thý, by that, by that much, the instrumental case of the def. art.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. the

    An article, aristocratic by birth and breeding, but which degenerates into an adjective in the sentence, "He is THE man of the hour."

Editors Contribution

  1. the

    A word to create a form of grammar or expression of language.

    The joy we feel is amazing, we are so grateful to each other for what we all contribute.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 24, 2020  

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  2. THE

    What does THE stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the THE acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'the' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'the' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of the in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of the in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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