Definition of their in English:

their

Syllabification: their
Pronunciation: /T͟He(ə)r
 
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determiner

  • 1Belonging to or associated with the people or things previously mentioned or easily identified: her taunts had lost their power to touch him
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    • It is ghastly for those who tried so hard to make the model work and who have now lost their jobs.
    • They all wanted to show their grief for the loss of a girl whose life touched so many.
    • People came out because they felt the power to change the world was in their own hands.
  • 1.1Belonging to or associated with a person of unspecified sex: she heard someone blow their nose loudly
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    • Anyone who wants to voice their displeasure over that lot has to do a lot of voicing.
    • Why would anyone for the sake of their ego want to change the structure of what is going on?
    • I am once again reminded, how wrong it is to judge a person by the colour of their skin.
  • 2 (Their) Used in titles: a double portrait of Their Majesties
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    • Their Majesties were welcomed by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh at the Grand Entrance to Buckingham Palace in London.
    • Their Royal Highnesses arrived shortly after 3.30pm and were introduced to several prominent Members of Parliament, local councillors and leaders.
    • We were privileged and delighted to receive Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall as official guests on Thursday 24 July.

Origin

Middle English: from Old Norse their(r)a 'of them', genitive plural of the demonstrative ; related to them and they.

Usage

1 On the use of their in the singular to mean ‘his or her,’ see they (usage). 2 On the differences between their, they’re, and there, see they (usage).

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