Definition of it pronoun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪt//
    (used as the subject or object of a verb or after a preposition)
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  1. 1  used to refer to an animal or a thing that has already been mentioned or that is being talked about now ‘Where's your car?’ ‘It's in the garage.’ Did you see it? Start a new file and put this letter in it. Look! It's going up that tree. We have $500. Will it be enough for a deposit?
  2. 2  used to refer to a baby, especially one whose sex is not known Her baby's due next month. She hopes it will be a boy.
  3. 3  used to refer to a fact or situation that is already known or happening When the factory closes, it will mean 500 people losing their jobs. Yes, I was at home on Sunday. What about it? (= Why do you ask?) Stop it, you're hurting me!
  4. 4  used to identify a person It's your mother on the phone. Hello, Peter, it's Mike here. Hi, it's me! Was it you who put these books on my desk?
  5. 5  used in the position of the subject or object of a verb when the real subject or object is at the end of the sentence Does it matter what colour it is? It's impossible to get there in time. It's no use shouting. She finds it boring at home. It appears that the two leaders are holding secret talks. I find it strange that she doesn't want to go. Language BankimpersonalGiving opinions using impersonal language It is vital that more is done to prevent the illegal trade in wild animals. (Compare: We have to do more to stop people trading wild animals illegally.) It is clear that more needs to be done to protect biodiversity. (Compare: We clearly need to do more to protect biodiversity.) It is unfortunate that the practice of keeping monkeys as pets still continues. (Compare: It’s absolutely terrible that people still keep monkeys as pets.) It is difficult for many people to understand the reasons why certain individuals choose to hunt animals for sport. (Compare: I can’t understand why anyone would want to kill animals for fun.) Unfortunately, it would seem that not enough is being done to support tiger conservation. (Compare: Governments aren’t doing enough to help tiger conservation.) There is no doubt that the greatest threat to polar bears comes from global warming. (Compare: I believe that the greatest threat…)
  6. 6  used in the position of the subject of a verb when you are talking about time, the date, distance, the weather, etc. It's ten past twelve. It's our anniversary. It's two miles to the beach. It's a long time since they left. It was raining this morning. It's quite warm at the moment.
  7. 7  used when you are talking about a situation If it's convenient I can come tomorrow. It's good to talk. I like it here.
  8. 8  used to emphasize any part of a sentence It's Jim who's the clever one. It's Spain that they're going to, not Portugal. It was three weeks later that he heard the news.
  9. 9exactly what is needed In this business, either you've got it or you haven't. see also its
  10. Word OriginOld English hit, neuter of he, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch het.Idioms
    1. 1  this/that is the important point, reason, etc. That's just it—I can't work when you're making so much noise.
    2. 2  this/that is the end I'm afraid that's it—we've lost.
    1. 1the expected event is just going to happen Well, this is it! Wish me luck.
    2. 2this is the main point ‘You're doing too much.’ ‘Well, this is it. I can't cope with any more work.’
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