There are 2 main definitions of him in English:

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Pronunciation: /hɪm/


[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: 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.
1.2Used after the verb ‘to be’ and after ‘than’ or ‘as’: 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.
1.3West Indian He: him was a tall, bow-legged man
2 archaic or North American dialect Himself: in the depths of him, he too didn’t want to go


Why do people tell us that it is wrong to say I could never be as good as him (rather than I could never be as good as he)? If they are right, why does he in this context sound so odd? For a discussion of this issue, see personal pronoun (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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