It

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations'IT': /ˌaɪˈtiː/; 'it': /ˈɪt/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ɪt/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(it)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
it1 /ɪt/USA pronunciation   pron., nom.  it, poss.  its, obj.  it, pl. nom.  they, poss.  their or theirs, obj.  them, n. 
pron. This pronoun is used
  1. to represent a physical thing, a thought or idea, or anything not a person, that is understood, was previously mentioned, is about to be mentioned, or is present in the immediate context of speaking or writing:It was broken. You can't tell a book by its cover. Since you don't like it, you don't have to go skiing. It all started with Adam and Eve. It's a long way to the moon.
  2. to represent a person or animal that is understood, was previously mentioned, or about to be mentioned, and whose gender is unknown or not considered:Who was it? It was John. That baby is cute; it has such pretty blue eyes.
  3. to represent a group that is understood, was previously mentioned, or is about to be mentioned:The judge told the jury it could recess.
  4. as the impersonal subject of the verb to be, esp. to refer to time, distance, or the weather:It is six o'clock. It was foggy outside. It's raining again. It's so hot here. It's six miles from my house to the post office. It's June 20.
  5. in statements expressing an action, condition, fact, circumstance, or situation, without reference to someone performing an action :If it weren't for her, I wouldn't go.
  6. in referring to something as the origin or cause of pain, pleasure, etc.:Where does it hurt?
  7. in referring to a source not specifically named or described:It is said that love is blind.
  8. in referring to the general state of affairs or life in general:How's it going with you?
  9. as an anticipatory subject or object to make a sentence more full of suspense or to shift emphasis:It is necessary that you do your duty. It was a gun that he was carrying. I didn't like it that she had tricked us.
  10. in referring to a critical event that has finally happened or is about to happen:Suddenly the lights went out, and we thought, this is it!
  11. informally, instead of the pronoun its before a gerund or present participle:It having rained for only one hour didn't help the crops.

n. [uncountable]
  1. Games(in children's games) the player who is to perform some task, as, in tag, the one who must catch the others:If I catch you, you're it!
  2. [Slang.]
    • a desirable personal attribute, as talent or sex appeal:If you've got it, flaunt it.
    • sexual intercourse:After months of dating they finally did it.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
it1  (it),USA pronunciation pron., nom.  it, poss.  its  or  (Obs.or[Dial.) it, obj.  it;
 pl. nom.  they, poss.  their or theirs, obj.  them;
 n. 

pron. 
  1. (used to represent an inanimate thing understood, previously mentioned, about to be mentioned, or present in the immediate context):It has whitewall tires and red upholstery. You can't tell a book by its cover.
  2. (used to represent a person or animal understood, previously mentioned, or about to be mentioned whose gender is unknown or disregarded):It was the largest ever caught off the Florida coast. Who was it? It was John. The horse had its saddle on.
  3. (used to represent a group understood or previously mentioned):The judge told the jury it must decide two issues.
  4. (used to represent a concept or abstract idea understood or previously stated):It all started with Adam and Eve. He has been taught to believe it all his life.
  5. (used to represent an action or activity understood, previously mentioned, or about to be mentioned):Since you don't like it, you don't have to go skiing.
  6. (used as the impersonal subject of the verb to be, esp. to refer to time, distance, or the weather):It is six o'clock. It is five miles to town. It was foggy.
  7. (used in statements expressing an action, condition, fact, circumstance, or situation without reference to an agent):If it weren't for Edna, I wouldn't go.
  8. (used in referring to something as the origin or cause of pain, pleasure, etc.):Where does it hurt? It looks bad for the candidate.
  9. (used in referring to a source not specifically named or described):It is said that love is blind.
  10. (used in referring to the general state of affairs;
    circumstances, fate, or life in general):How's it going with you?
  11. (used as an anticipatory subject or object to make a sentence more eloquent or suspenseful or to shift emphasis):It is necessary that you do your duty. It was a gun that he was carrying.
  12. GamesInformal.](used instead of the pronoun its before a gerund):It having rained for only one hour didn't help the crops.

n. 
  1. Games(in children's games) the player called upon to perform some task, as, in tag, the one who must catch the other players.
  2. [Slang.]
    • sex appeal.
    • sexual intercourse.
  3. Idiomsget with it, [Slang.]to become active or interested:He was warned to get with it or resign.
  4. Idiomshave it, [Informal.]
    • to love someone:She really has it bad for him.
    • to possess the requisite abilities for something;
      be talented, adept, or proficient:In this business youeither have it or you don't.
  5. with it, [Slang.]
    • aware of the latest fads, fashions, etc.;
      up-to-date.
    • attentive or alert:I'm just not with it early in the morning.
    • understanding or appreciative of something, as jazz.
    • Carnival Slang. being a member of the carnival.
  • Middle English, variant of Middle English, Old English hit, neuter of he1 bef. 900
    See  me. 

it2  (it),USA pronunciation n. [Brit. Informal.]
  1. British Terms, Winesweet vermouth:gin and it.
  • Italian(alian vermouth) 1930–35

It, 
  • Italian (def. 3).

  • It., 
    1. Place NamesItalian.
    2. Place NamesItaly.

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    IT abbreviation for
    1. information technology
    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    it /ɪt/ pron (subjective or objective)
    1. refers to a nonhuman, animal, plant, or inanimate thing, or sometimes to a small baby: it looks dangerous, give it a bone
    2. refers to an unspecified or implied antecedent or to a previous or understood clause, phrase, etc: it is impossible, I knew it
    3. used to represent human life or experience either in totality or in respect of the present situation: how's it going?, I've had it, to brazen it out
    4. used as a formal subject (or object), referring to a following clause, phrase, or word: it helps to know the truth, I consider it dangerous to go on
    5. used in the nominative as the formal grammatical subject of impersonal verbs. When it functions absolutely in such sentences, not referring to any previous or following clause or phrase, the context is nearly always a description of the environment or of some physical sensation: it is raining, it hurts
    6. (used as complement with be) informal the crucial or ultimate point: the steering failed and I thought that was it
    n
    1. (in children's games) the player whose turn it is to try to touch another
    2. informal sexual intercourse
    3. sex appeal
    4. informal a desirable quality or ability: he's really got it
    Etymology: Old English hit
    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    It. abbreviation for
    1. Italian
    2. Italy
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