Definition of her in English:

her

Syllabification: her
Pronunciation: /hər
 
/

pronoun

[third person singular]
  • 1Used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to a female person or animal previously mentioned or easily identified: she knew I hated her I told Hannah I would wait for her Compare with she.
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    • So, all I had to do was look out for the lady who picked up her phone to identify her.
    • As an adult she's learnt to say no to herself, but it hasn't come easily to her.
    • No one had mentioned to her that the boy had been badly burned and was in great pain.
  • 1.1Referring to a ship, country, or other inanimate thing regarded as female: the crew tried to sail her through a narrow gap
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    • So, as usual we wish good speed to The Highfield Mole and all who sail in her.
    • It was another bad week for the insurance world and all who sail in her in Scotland.
    • The American ship put up such resistance that Stier, after sinking her, went down too.
  • 1.2Often used in place of “she” after the verb “to be” and after “than” or “as” to refer to a female person or animal: it must be her he was younger than her
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    • I know I can sing better than a screaming psychopath with messed up hair - OK, I didn't mean to be that harsh, but I know I can sing better than her.
    • I know it's her, because she has one shoe heel missing and you can hear it when she walks.
    • If I train really hard can I be as fast as her next year?
  • 2 archaic or North American dialect Herself: peevishly she flung her on her face

determiner

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  • 1Belonging to or associated with a female person or animal previously mentioned or easily identified: Patricia loved her job how the mother crane treats her babies
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    • She loved her own company, loved her animals and would do anything for anybody.
    • Thank God that her love of meat flavoured treats is greater than her love of chasing chucks.
    • Until a few years ago my own sister was a primary school teacher who loved her job.
  • 1.1Belonging to or associated with a ship, country, or other inanimate thing regarded as female.
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    • Usually lunch is back on board as the ship makes her stately progress to the next port.
    • It shows the ship lying forlornly on her starboard side, almost completely capsized.
    • The Island-class vessel has won the Jersey Cup, awarded every year to a ship of her type.
  • 2 (Her) Used in titles: Her Royal Highness
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    • In an act of petty vindictiveness she was deprived of the title of Her Royal Highness.
    • To suggest that it was an alternative to the Queen's Christmas message is frankly insulting to Her Majesty.
    • I'm willing to go along with the idea that maybe it might be nice to welcome Her Majesty to one of her Realms.

Origin

Old English hire, genitive and dative of hīo, hēo 'she'.

Usage

On whether her or she is the correct pronoun in a comparative construction (“younger than her” or “younger than she”?), see personal pronoun (usage) and than.

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