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Definition of item noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1one thing on a list of things to buy, do, talk about, etc. What's the next item on the agenda?
  2. 2a single article or object Can I pay for each item separately? The computer was my largest single item of expenditure. A windproof jacket is an essential item of clothing for hiking. This clock is a collector's item (= because it is rare and valuable).
  3. 3a single piece of news in a newspaper, on television, etc. an item of news/a news item I heard an item on the radio about women engineers.
  4. Idioms
    be an item (informal)
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    to be involved in a romantic or sexual relationship Are they an item?
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