Etymology 1


it (subjective and objective it, reflexive and intensive itself, possessive determiner and pronoun its)

The third-person singular personal pronoun that is normally used to refer to an inanimate object or abstract entity, also often used to refer to animals.

A third-person singular personal pronoun used to refer to a child, especially of unknown gender.

Used to refer to someone being identified, often on the phone, but not limited to this situation.

The impersonal pronoun, used without referent as the subject of an impersonal verb or statement. (known as the dummy pronoun or weather it)

The impersonal pronoun, used without referent in various short idioms.

The impersonal pronoun, used as a placeholder for a delayed subject, or less commonly, object; known as the dummy pronoun or, more formally in linguistics, a syntactic expletive. The delayed subject is commonly a to-infinitive, a gerund, or a noun clause introduced by a subordinating conjunction.

All or the end; something after which there is no more.

(chiefly, pejorative, offensive) A third-person singular personal pronoun used to refer to an animate referent who is transgender or is neither female nor male.

(obsolete) Followed by an omitted and understood relative pronoun: That which; what.

Usage notes

See English inflection, English pronouns and English third-person singular pronouns for other personal pronouns.



(obsolete) its


it (plural its)

One who is neither a he nor a she; a creature; a dehumanized being.

The person who chases and tries to catch the other players in the playground game of tag.

(British, uncountable) The game of tag.

(uncountable) Sex appeal, especially that which goes beyond beauty.

(euphemism) Sexual activity.

A biological force that inhabits living beings, according to the vitalist approach of Georg Groddeck.


it (not comparable)

(colloquial) Most fashionable.

Etymology 2


Proper noun


Abbreviation of Italy.

Abbreviation of Italian. (language)


• TI, Ti., ti


IT (countable and uncountable, plural ITs)

Initialism of information technology (“information technology”).

Initialism of Inclusive Tour.

(geology) Initialism of Intercept-Time method.


IT (not comparable)

(medicine, pharmacology) Initialism of intrathecal.


• TI, Ti., ti

Source: Wiktionary


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