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thing /ˈθɪŋ/ noun
plural things
thing
/ˈθɪŋ/
noun
plural things
Learner's definition of THING
[count]
: an object whose name is not known or stated
: an object, animal, quality, etc., of a specified kind
: a particular event, occurrence, or situation
things [plural] : objects that belong to a person : personal possessions or belongings
things [plural] : objects that are used for a particular activity
[count] : an action that is done, that will be done, or that needs to be done
sometimes used to say that one action is more serious, difficult, or important than another.
[count]
: an activity
informal : an activity that is done by a particular group of people
US, informal : an activity and everything that is related to it usually singular
informal : an activity that someone enjoys or does well usually singular
things [plural] : the conditions that exist at a particular time and in a particular place
[count] : a fact or piece of information about something or someone
[count] : a thought, idea, or opinion
[singular] : a reason for something
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[singular]
: a goal or purpose
: a way of reaching or achieving a goal
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[count] informal used for a person, animal, or object that causes strong feelings of affection or dislike in you
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[count] informal : a strong feeling of liking or disliking something or someone usually singular used with have
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the thing
: the item that is the most fashionable or popular
: the fashionable or proper way of behaving, talking, or dressing

all/other things being equal

formal
used to say what should happen or be true if two situations, products, etc., are different in a specified way but not in other ways

all things to all people/men

: a person or thing that makes all people happy by giving them what they want or need

amount to the same thing

◊ If two or more things amount to the same thing, there is very little difference between them.

a thing

: anything used in negative statements

a thing or two

informal
: some useful information

at the center of things

see 1center

be hearing things

see hear

chance would be a fine thing

see 1chance

first thing

see 1first

first things first

see 1first

have another thing coming

informal
used to say that someone is wrong or mistaken

just the thing

: the thing that is most likely to be helpful

last thing

see 2last

make a big thing

informal
◊ If you make a big thing (out) of (something) or make a big thing about (something), you act as if something is very important or serious when it is not.

no such thing

used to say that a particular person, object, etc., does not really exist often + as
used to say that you did not say or do something that someone believes or says you did

of all things

used to emphasize that the thing you are referring to is the thing you would least expect

one of those things

informal
used to refer to a bad or unfortunate experience that happened and to say that such experiences happen to everyone

one thing after another

used to complain about the large number of bad or unfortunate events that happen to someone

push things

see 1push

see things

see 1see

sure thing

see 1sure

the real thing

: something that is genuine and not a copy or imitation : something that is truly valuable or important

(what) with one thing and another

informal
used to say that you have been very busy doing or dealing with many things
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