There are 2 main definitions of him in English:

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Pronunciation: /him/


[third person singular]
1Used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to a male person or animal previously mentioned or easily identified: his wife survived him he took the children with him Compare with he.
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  • Nobody has mentioned him but he's playing well enough to figure and we know he loves it round Augusta.
  • George Ryan's work on the death penalty has brought him mention as a contender for the peace prize.
  • He was very grateful for the meals that had previously been provided for him.
1.1Referring to a person or animal of unspecified sex (in modern use chiefly replaced by “him or her” or “them”): withdrawing your child from school to educate him at home may seem drastic
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  • It could even be educational: give it to a child and watch him grow up to be the next John Bonham.
  • I don't know who the new Tory leader will be but education will figure highly with him.
1.2Often used in place of “he” after the verb “to be” and after “than” or “as” to refer to a male person or animal: that’s him all right I could never be as good as him
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  • I'll try to be faster than him, of course, but I don't even know him yet.
  • Suddenly Ammu hoped that it had been him that Rahel saw in the march.
2 archaic or North American dialect Himself: in the depths of him, he too didn’t want to go


On whether him or he is the correct pronoun in a comparative construction ( smarter than him or smarter than he?), see personal pronoun (usage) and than. See also he (usage).


Old English, dative singular form of he, 'he' and hit 'it'.

Words that rhyme with him

bedim, brim, crim, dim, glim, grim, Grimm, gym, hymn, Jim, Kim, limb, limn, nim, prim, scrim, shim, Sim, skim, slim, swim, Tim, trim, vim, whim
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There are 2 main definitions of him in English:

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Her or His Imperial Majesty.
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