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When I say, 'I can't stay long, I'm in-between meals,' that plays differently on the radio than it does in person. So I have to pick material that works because the words are funny, not just because of the images.
Louie Anderson

Meaning of "it" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD IT

Old English hit.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF IT

it  [ɪt] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF IT

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
It can act as a noun and a pronoun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The pronoun is a word that replaces other terms that designate people or things at any given moment.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of it in the English dictionary

The first definition of it in the dictionary is refers to a nonhuman, animal, plant, or inanimate thing, or sometimes to a small baby. Other definition of it is refers to an unspecified or implied antecedent or to a previous or understood clause, phrase, etc. It is also used to represent human life or experience either in totality or in respect of the present situation.


WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE IT

istle
Istria
it does exactly what it says on the tin
It girl
it never rains but it pours
it stands to reason
It.
it´d
it´ll
it´s
It´s cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.
it´s early days
it´s London to a brick
ITA
itacism
itacolumite
itaconic acid
ital.

Synonyms and antonyms of it in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «it» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF IT

Find out the translation of it to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of it from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «it» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

lo
570 millions of speakers

English

it
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

यह
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

هُو/هِي
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

он, она, оно
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

pronome que se refere a coisas inanimadas
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

এটা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

il
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Ia
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

es
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

それは
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

그것
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Iku
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

அது
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

ते
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

o
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

it
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

to
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

воно
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

el
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αυτό
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

dit
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

den
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

den
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of it

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «IT»

The term «it» is very widely used and occupies the 112 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «IT» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «it» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «it» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about it

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10 QUOTES WITH «IT»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word it.
1
Jason Alexander
Television, in particular, doesn't look for talent; it looks for personas. You have a great persona? You can be a TV star.
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Gillian Anderson
The first time, where Fox Mulder and Scully met, she stands up for herself. She stands right there and gives it to him and that was extremely attractive.
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Louie Anderson
When I say, 'I can't stay long, I'm in-between meals,' that plays differently on the radio than it does in person. So I have to pick material that works because the words are funny, not just because of the images.
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Josephine Baker
I like Frenchmen very much, because even when they insult you they do it so nicely.
5
Andrew J. Bernstein
Find the beliefs that are strangling your feelings, challenge them for your sake as well as theirs, and see how it feels to love someone without a thought about the future, simply for who they are today.
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Yogi Berra
It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.
7
Nellie Bly
I took upon myself to enact the part of a poor, unfortunate crazy girl, and felt it my duty not to shirk any of the disagreeable results that should follow.
8
Mel Brooks
If presidents can't do it to their wives, they do it to their country.
9
John Bunyan
In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words with out a heart.
10
Kurt Busch
Is my strike zone bigger than others? Yeah. it might be bigger than others, but I don't have a problem with it.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «IT»

Discover the use of it in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to it and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
The World As I See It
There is, however, another side to his personality. It is revealed in the addresses, letters, and occasional writings brought together in this book. These fragments form a mosaic portrait of Einstein the man.
Albert Einstein, 2006
2
It
Inger Christensen's masterpiece it, translated brilliantly by Susanna Nied, and with an illuminating introduction by Anne Carson.
Inger Christensen, 2006
3
How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method
A perennial bestseller by eminent mathematician G. Polya, How to Solve It will show anyone in any field how to think straight.
G. Polya, 2014
4
Does It Matter?: Essays on Man's Relation to Materiality
This classic series of essays represents Alan Watts's thinking on the astonishing problems caused by our dysfunctional relationship with the material environment.
Alan W. Watts, 2010
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D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself: A Design Handbook
Instruction for designing blogs, books, business cards, CD and DVD packaging, embroidery, envelopes, flyers, gifts, housewares, invitations, logos, newsletters, note cards, photo albums, presentations, press kits, stationery, stickers, t ...
Ellen Lupton, 2006
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Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion
By the end of this book, readers will have learned how to harness the power of the Internet to make their entrepreneurial dreams come true. Step by step, Crush It! is the ultimate driver's manual for modern business.
Gary Vaynerchuk, 2009
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Do it Yourself: Home Improvement in 20th-century America
The text of Do It Yourself, which investigates topics ranging from women's roles in home repair to historic preservation, is a lively mix of illustrations -- including period photographs, magazine spreads, and advertisements -- and clearly ...
Carolyn M. Goldstein, 1998
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Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the ...
Chronicles the race to finish the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s and the exploits, sacrifices, triumphs, and tragedies of the individuals who made it happen.
Stephen E. Ambrose, 2001
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It
The book includes guest appearances by King Charles II, Samuel Pepys, Flo Ziegfeld, Johnny Depp, Elinor Glyn, Clara Bow, the Second Duke of Buckingham, John Dryden, Michael Jackson, and Lady Diana, among others.
Joseph R. Roach, 2007
10
Getting It Published, 2nd Edition: A Guide for Scholars and ...
Germano, a veteran editor with experience in both the university press and commercial worlds, knows this audience. This second edition will teach readers how to think about, describe, and pitch their manuscripts before they submit them.
William Germano, 2009

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «IT»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term it is used in the context of the following news items.
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Culture Can Be A Trap -- Here's How To Make It An Asset - Forbes
It is often an excuse for doing nothing when faced with challenges and opportunities that don't fit in with an organization's history. Blockbuster ... «Forbes, Jul 15»
2
One chart shows why it's nearly impossible to lose weight and keep …
Among the people who lost five percent of their weight or more, more than half had gained it back within two years' time. In a statement ... «Washington Post, Jul 15»
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Is it worth it? Reformer Pilates | Life and style | The Guardian
What is it? The decades-old craft of Pilates, performed on a piece of equipment that occupies the middle ground between a rowing machine ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
4
'I'm not hitting when it matters': Cleveland Indians Brandon Moss …
"It's not so much mechanical," Moss said, "I just give away at least one pitch every single at-bat. It's a product of trying to do more than I can do. «cleveland.com, Jul 15»
5
Melbourne City 0 - 1 Manchester City – as it happened - The Guardian
It's been an organised performance from the hosts, but outside Novillo they didn't seem to really show too much flair. The industry of Aaron ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
6
Dad-of-three picks up 'death's head' spider - not realising it's Britain's …
A dad-of-three had a llucky escape when he picked up Britain's most venomous spider with his bare hands without realising what it was. «Mirror.co.uk, Jul 15»
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Saudi Arabia says it stopped Islamic State attacks; 400 held | Fox …
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia says it has broken up planned Islamic State attacks in the kingdom, while announcing it has arrested ... «Fox News, Jul 15»
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6.6 Million People Just Learned the Hard Way How Much It Costs to …
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known also as Obamacare, was signed into law by President Obama in March 2010, but it ... «Motley Fool, Jul 15»
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Alfie Deyes on his 4.4m followers: 'It scares me. What if I did …
“I remember when Fred, a YouTuber, hit a million subscribers and I made a video about it. I was like, it's crazy how these YouTube people have ... «Irish Times, Jul 15»
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Hummel: It's time to change the All-Star Game : Sports
For one, it would seem that “This One Counts,” is little more than a slogan and not that many people really care that the World Series home-field ... «STLtoday.com, Jul 15»

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