Definition of them in English:


Line breaks: them
Pronunciation: /ðɛm
, ðəm


[third person plural]
  • 1Used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to two or more people or things previously mentioned or easily identified: I bathed the kids and read them stories rows of doors, most of them locked Compare with they.
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    • Many of them feel excluded from a number of opportunities that the rest of us take for granted.
    • She was wise enough to realize that most of them were interested only in what they could get out of her.
    • How many of you, as kids, read these insane stories and believed them to be true?
  • 1.1Used after the verb ‘to be’ and after ‘than’ or ‘as’: you reckon that’s them? we’re better than them
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    • I knew it was them!
    • We're better than them.
    • Should women be offended when men dress up as them for Halloween?
  • 1.2 [singular] Referring to a person of unspecified sex: how well do you have to know someone before you call them a friend?
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    • When you have a child, you have this unconditional love for them.
    • Telling someone you love them is not enough; you have to act in such a way to back that up else it simply isn't true.
    • When a child has gone out into the world without quite the right tools to deal with it, you love them even more.
  • 2 archaic Themselves: they bethought them of a new expedient


informal or • dialect Back to top  
  • Those: look at them eyes
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    • I feel sorry for them dogs and I hope it never happens to mine!
    • He is a man; you can't just blame her, because if he really wanted to he would see them kids no matter how far away they live.


Middle English: from Old Norse theim 'to those, to them', dative plural of ; related to their and they.


On the use of them in the singular to mean ‘him or her’, see they (usage).

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