Definition of "he" [he]

  • Used to refer to the man or boy previously mentioned or implied. (pronoun)
  • Used to refer to a male animal. (pronoun)
  • Usage Problem Used to refer to a person whose gender is unspecified or unknown: "He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence” ( William Blake). (pronoun)
  • A male person or animal: Is the cat a he? (noun)
  • The fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. See Table at alphabet. (noun)
  • Refers to a male person or animal (pronoun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Refers to an indefinite antecedent such as one, whoever, or anybody (pronoun)
  • Refers to a person or animal of unknown or unspecified sex (pronoun)
  • A male person or animal (noun)
  • (in combination) (noun)
  • A children's game in which one player chases the others in an attempt to touch one of them, who then becomes the chaser (noun)
  • The person chasing (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "he" in a sentence
  • "“Oh, no, ” said he, “he [Lincoln] won’t enter into the Slave States to disturb the institution of slavery, —he is too prudent a man to do such a thing as that; he only means that he will go on to the line between the Free and Slave States, and shoot over at them."
  • "  The only magazine he subscribed to,  he said,  wasScientific American, a publication that I had previously scorned as the trade journal of pre-med students and Nobel Prize winners."
  • "What he couldn't tell the Captain, or any of his crew, was something that was so spleen bustingly obvious it gave him physical pain when he  realized  none of them knew why he had taken so long."