Definition of item in English:


Syllabification: i·tem
Pronunciation: /ˈītəm


  • 1An individual article or unit, especially one that is part of a list, collection, or set: the items on the agenda an item of clothing
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    • Anyone wishing to donate saleable items to the auction can contact any of the following members to arrange collection.
    • Rate the following items on a scale of 1 to 5.
    • Hannah paced through the busy crowds towards a small shop that sold every item of clothing under the sun.
    thing, article, object, artifact, piece, product; element, constituent, component, ingredient
  • 1.1A piece of news or information.
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    • Yesterday, I saw an item on CNN Headline News that made me look around the net for some details.
    • When a story like this is promoted to the lead item on national news bulletins, you know that all perspective has gone out of the window.
    • Neither the news item nor the editorial contain much more than anecdotes.
    report, story, account, article, piece, write-up, bulletin, feature
  • 1.2An entry in an account.
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    • The company has found a hole in its accounts relating to the way it has accounted for certain revenue items.
    • Certainly, it might seldom be possible to find repair costs as a separate item in the accounts.
    • The item appearing on the account will be queried by the credit card provider with a view to recouping the cost.
    couple, twosome, partners, lovers
    informal thing


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  • Used to introduce each item in a list: item two statute books ... item two drums


be an item

informal (Of a couple) be involved in an established romantic or sexual relationship.
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  • The couple, who've been an item for 12 years, have their musical roots in Long Island.
  • We were an item but it wasn't an all-consuming relationship and some people may have wondered how interested he really was.
  • We were an item from that day on, but because we were living in different cities it started quite casually - seeing each other once or twice a week.


late Middle English (as an adverb): from Latin, 'in like manner, also'. The noun sense arose (late 16th century) from the use of the adverb to introduce each statement in a list.

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