Definition of "thing" []

  • An entity, an idea, or a quality perceived, known, or thought to have its own existence. (noun)
  • The real or concrete substance of an entity. (noun)
  • An entity existing in space and time. (noun)
  • An inanimate object. (noun)
  • Something referred to by a word, a symbol, a sign, or an idea; a referent. (noun)
  • An object, fact, affair, circumstance, or concept considered as being a separate entity (noun)

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.

  • Any inanimate object (noun)
  • An object or entity that cannot or need not be precisely named (noun)
  • A person or animal regarded as the object of pity, contempt, etc (noun)
  • An event or act (noun)
  • A thought or statement (noun)
  • Any object or right that may be the subject of property (as distinguished from a person) (noun)
  • A device, means, or instrument (noun)
  • A possession, article of clothing, etc (noun)
  • The normal pattern of behaviour in a particular context (noun)
  • A mental attitude, preoccupation or obsession (esp in the phrase have a thing about) (noun)
  • An activity or mode of behaviour satisfying to one's personality (esp in the phrase do one's (own) thing) (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "thing" in a sentence
  • "She kind of has the hero/savior thing going on...maybe it'll lead to her taking over for Adele one day, since we're getting hints that the *whole thing* has some kind of higher purpose."
  • "A slight aside: the first year in the league, I thought this whole trash talking thing might be a cultural thing* because most of the Hated Team is black."
  • "To say a choice of honesty and acceptance is a horrible thing and to say that a choice to deceive and lie and deny and abase is a good thing… well, that is quite a perversion of logic."