pronoun[third person singular]
- 1Used to refer to a thing previously mentioned or easily identified: a room with two beds in it this approach is refreshing because it breaks down barriersMore example sentences
- The great thing about an event like this is that it involves people from all walks of life and there is a real sense of camaraderie.
- Mrs. Henderson walked into the room holding a tray with his breakfast on it.
- But one voice truly stood out - and it did not belong to any of the private school pupils in the show.
- 1.1Referring to an animal or child of unspecified sex: she was holding the baby, cradling it and smiling into its faceMore example sentences
- We are now happily married and already expecting our first child - I hope it will be a girl.
- When the child was a child, it had no opinion about anything.
- Cumbria Police said the sheep appeared to have panicked as the men chased it.
- 1.2Referring to a fact or situation previously mentioned, known, or happening: stop it, you’re hurting meMore example sentences
- When the flag is up it means that a minimum inventory standard has been violated and more parts are needed.
- Oh, stop it, I'm blushing.
- It's not news that nitrogen prices are skyrocketing, and your customers will want to know why and what to do about it.
- 2Used to identify a person: it’s me it’s a boy!More example sentences
- From what I gathered, it was his mum on the line, and he seemed really taken aback at what she had to say.
- Was it you who told me the joke?
- Hi, it's me, Mandy, I'm in Italy.
- 3Used in the normal subject position in statements about time, distance, or weather: it’s half past five it was two miles to the island it’s rainingMore example sentences
- When it gets cold in Chicago, the snow way up to my knees, I still wear my sandals.
- It was now past ten o'clock.
- I hear it might snow tonight.
- 4Used in the normal subject or object position when a more specific subject or object is given later in the sentence: it is impossible to assess the problem she found it interesting to learn about their strategyMore example sentences
- At the time, he found it frustrating that he could not figure out the right questions to ask.
- Does it matter what they think?
- It's difficult to absorb the costs and remain competitive.
- 5 [with clause] Used to emphasize a following part of a sentence: it is the child who is the victimMore example sentences
- So the problem isn't that these things are unoriginal: it's that they're perceived as being original when they're not.
- It is the commander who is the first to take the blame for accidents.
- It wasn't until that moment that I realised we had nothing left apart from the clothes we stood up in.
- 6The situation or circumstances; things in general: no one can stay here—it’s too dangerous now he would like to see you straight away if it’s convenientMore example sentences
- At other top clubs at the time, players often liked to enjoy themselves with a couple of beers when it was appropriate.
- We will not move in until it is safe.
- Washington is a good place, I like it there, but I really, really like to be in Texas.
- 7Exactly what is needed or desired: they thought they were it you’ve either got it or you haven’tMore example sentences
- Then we looked at Tim's original movie and thought, that's it.
- Bands either have it or they don't.
- He says that when he saw Wood's acting clips, he knew she was it.
- 8 (usually ‘it’) • informal Sexual intercourse or sex appeal: the only thing I knew nothing about was ‘it’More example sentences
- She did it with a boy when she was in high school.
- There has been an increase in amateur porn where real people do it for the cameras and beam their digital selves across the world via the Internet.
- I talk more about naughty stuff when I'm not getting it.
- 9 [attributive] (It) • informal Denoting a person or thing that is exceptionally fashionable, popular, or successful at a particular time: they were Hollywood’s It couple the company is renting out the It bags of the moment for as little as £10 a week[after It girl]More example sentences
- For now, executives and producers of the genre are suddenly Hollywood's 'It kids'.
- Hyderabad is becoming the new 'it' place for startups.
- The company president predicted that the bags would all 'sell like hot cakes', nevertheless, fashion followers agreed there was to be no single it bag.
- 10 (usually ‘it’) (In children’s games) the player who has to catch the others.More example sentences
- Elly tagged Karina and ran off, ‘you're it.’
- see at1.
- 1That is the main point or difficulty: ‘Is she going?’ ‘That’s just it—she can’t make up her mind.’More example sentences
- Montoya is harder to get past than Schumacher, and that's it really.
- I did not tell the truth when I should have done and that's it, sir.
- Their behaviour was - that's it - more American than British.
- 2That is enough or the end: okay, that’s it, you’ve cried long enoughMore example sentences
- And now Robbie's on the radio… that's it, I'm off to bed.
- I think that, having dived all the main wrecks, that's it for the Key Largo part of my trip.
- I'm meeting the lads for a couple of drinks in the union - and that's it.
this is it
- 1The expected event is about to happen: this is it—the big saleMore example sentences
- In all its glittering glory - this is it, the absolute best of everything Minneapolis and St. Paul have to offer: the 2004 Best of the Twin Cities Showcase Showdown!
- So this is it; after over 20 years of traveling the globe and chanting from the hilltops, the Boys have come back to where it all began.
- My mom would be thrilled if I came and told her well, this is it, I decided I would like to marry.
- 2This is enough or the end: this is it, I’m goingMore example sentences
- Do whatever you feel you want to be remembered by, because this is it.
- At one point I thought this is it, I am going to die.
- Fear is about realising one fine day that there is no ‘life is elsewhere’, this is it, raw, painful and imperfect, without any of the finery.
- 3This is the main point or difficulty.More example sentences
- If poetic injustice means anything, this is it.
Old English hit, neuter of he, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch het.
noun[mass noun] British • informal , • dated
- Italian vermouth: he poured a gin and itMore example sentences
- The lady was doubtful, but at last decided on Guinness, and the gentleman wanted a gin and it.
- I thought I'd been the perfect hostess till one of the dowagers asked for ‘gin and it.’