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pronoun, nominative it, possessive its or (Obsolete or Dialect) it, objective it; plural nominative they, possessive their or theirs, objective them.
  1. (used to represent an inanimate thing understood, previously mentioned, about to be mentioned, or present in the immediate context): It has whitewall tires and red upholstery. You can't tell a book by its cover.
  2. (used to represent a person or animal understood, previously mentioned, or about to be mentioned whose gender is unknown or disregarded): It was the largest ever caught off the Florida coast. Who was it? It was John. The horse had its saddle on.
  3. (used to represent a group understood or previously mentioned): The judge told the jury it must decide two issues.
  4. (used to represent a concept or abstract idea understood or previously stated): It all started with Adam and Eve. He has been taught to believe it all his life.
  5. (used to represent an action or activity understood, previously mentioned, or about to be mentioned): Since you don't like it, you don't have to go skiing.
  6. (used as the impersonal subject of the verb to be, especially to refer to time, distance, or the weather): It is six o'clock. It is five miles to town. It was foggy.
  7. (used in statements expressing an action, condition, fact, circumstance, or situation without reference to an agent): If it weren't for Edna, I wouldn't go.
  8. (used in referring to something as the origin or cause of pain, pleasure, etc.): Where does it hurt? It looks bad for the candidate.
  9. (used in referring to a source not specifically named or described): It is said that love is blind.
  10. (used in referring to the general state of affairs; circumstances, fate, or life in general): How's it going with you?
  11. (used as an anticipatory subject or object to make a sentence more eloquent or suspenseful or to shift emphasis): It is necessary that you do your duty. It was a gun that he was carrying.
  12. Informal. (used instead of the pronoun its before a gerund): It having rained for only one hour didn't help the crops.
noun
  1. (in children's games) the player called upon to perform some task, as, in tag, the one who must catch the other players.
  2. Slang.
    1. sex appeal.
    2. sexual intercourse.
Idioms
  1. get with it, Slang. to become active or interested: He was warned to get with it or resign.
  2. have it, Informal.
    1. to love someone: She really has it bad for him.
    2. to possess the requisite abilities for something; be talented, adept, or proficient: In this business youeither have it or you don't.
  3. with it, Slang.
    1. aware of the latest fads, fashions, etc.; up-to-date.
    2. attentive or alert: I'm just not with it early in the morning.
    3. understanding or appreciative of something, as jazz.
    4. Carnival Slang.being a member of the carnival.

Origin of it1

before 900; Middle English, variant of Middle English, Old English hit, neuter of he1

Usage note

See me.

with

[with, with]
preposition
  1. accompanied by; accompanying: I will go with you. He fought with his brother against the enemy.
  2. in some particular relation to (especially implying interaction, company, association, conjunction, or connection): I dealt with the problem. She agreed with me.
  3. characterized by or having: a person with initiative.
  4. (of means or instrument) by the use of; using: to line a coat with silk; to cut with a knife.
  5. (of manner) using or showing: to work with diligence.
  6. in correspondence, comparison, or proportion to: Their power increased with their number. How does their plan compare with ours?
  7. in regard to: to be pleased with a gift.
  8. (of cause) owing to: to die with pneumonia; to pale with fear.
  9. in the region, sphere, or view of: It is day with us while it is night with the Chinese.
  10. (of separation) from: to part with a thing.
  11. against, as in opposition or competition: He fought with his brother over the inheritance.
  12. in the keeping or service of: to leave something with a friend.
  13. in affecting the judgment, estimation, or consideration of: Her argument carried a lot of weight with the trustees.
  14. at the same time as or immediately after; upon: And with that last remark, she turned and left.
  15. of the same opinion or conviction as: Are you with me or against me?
  16. in proximity to or in the same household as: He lives with his parents.
  17. (used as a function word to specify an additional circumstance or condition): We climbed the hill, with Jeff following behind.
Idioms
  1. in with. in(def 34).
  2. with child, pregnant.
  3. with it, Slang.
    1. knowledgeable about, sympathetic to, or partaking of the most up-to-date trends, fashions, art, etc.
    2. representing or characterized by the most up-to-date trends, fashions, art, etc.
  4. with that. that(def 19).

Origin of with

before 900; Middle English, Old English: opposite, against (cognate with Old Norse vith), apparently short variant of Old English wither against; cognate with Old Saxon withar, Old High German widar, Old Norse vithr, Gothic withra
Can be confusedwidth with

Synonym study

4. See by1.
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British Dictionary definitions for with it

IT

abbreviation for
  1. information technology

it1

pronoun (subjective or objective)
  1. refers to a nonhuman, animal, plant, or inanimate thing, or sometimes to a small babyit looks dangerous; give it a bone
  2. refers to an unspecified or implied antecedent or to a previous or understood clause, phrase, etcit is impossible; I knew it
  3. used to represent human life or experience either in totality or in respect of the present situationhow's it going?; I've had it; to brazen it out
  4. used as a formal subject (or object), referring to a following clause, phrase, or wordit helps to know the truth; I consider it dangerous to go on
  5. used in the nominative as the formal grammatical subject of impersonal verbs. When it functions absolutely in such sentences, not referring to any previous or following clause or phrase, the context is nearly always a description of the environment or of some physical sensationit is raining; it hurts
  6. (used as complement with be) informal the crucial or ultimate pointthe steering failed and I thought that was it
noun
  1. (in children's games) the player whose turn it is to try to touch anotherCompare he 1 (def. 5b)
  2. informal
    1. sexual intercourse
    2. sex appeal
  3. informal a desirable quality or abilityhe's really got it

Word Origin

Old English hit

it2

the internet domain name for
  1. Italy

with

preposition
  1. using; by means ofhe killed her with an axe
  2. accompanying; in the company ofthe lady you were with
  3. possessing; havinga man with a red moustache
  4. concerning or regardingbe patient with her
  5. in spite ofwith all his talents, he was still humble
  6. used to indicate a time or distance by which something is away from something elsewith three miles to go, he collapsed
  7. in a manner characterized bywriting with abandon
  8. caused or prompted byshaking with rage
  9. often used with a verb indicating a reciprocal action or relation between the subject and the preposition's objectagreeing with me; chatting with the troops
  10. not with you informal not able to grasp or follow what you are saying
  11. with it informal
    1. fashionable; in style
    2. comprehending what is happening or being said
  12. with that after that; having said or done that

Word Origin

Old English; related to Old Norse vith, Gothic withra, Latin vitricus stepfather, Sanskrit vitarám wider
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Word Origin and History for with it

with

prep.

Old English wið "against, opposite, toward," a shortened form related to wiðer, from Proto-Germanic *withro- "against" (cf. Old Saxon withar "against," Old Norse viðr "against, with, toward, at," Middle Dutch, Dutch weder, Dutch weer "again," Gothic wiþra "against, opposite"), from PIE *wi-tero-, literally "more apart," from root *wi- "separation" (cf. Sanskrit vi, Avestan vi- "asunder," Sanskrit vitaram "further, farther," Old Church Slavonic vutoru "other, second").

Sense shifted in Middle English to denote association, combination, and union, partly by influence of Old Norse vidh, and also perhaps by Latin cum "with" (as in pugnare cum "fight with"). In this sense, it replaced Old English mid "with," which survives only as a prefix (e.g. midwife). Original sense of "against, in opposition" is retained in compounds such as withhold, withdraw, withstand. Often treated as a conjunction by ungrammatical writers and used where and would be correct. First record of with child "pregnant" is recorded from c.1200. With it "cool" is black slang, recorded by 1931. French avec "with" was originally avoc, from Vulgar Latin *abhoc, from apud hoc, literally "with this."

it

pron.

Old English hit, neuter nominative and accusative of third person singular pronoun, from Proto-Germanic demonstrative base *khi- (cf. Old Frisian hit, Dutch het, Gothic hita "it"), from PIE *ko- "this" (see he). Used in place of any neuter noun, hence, as gender faded in Middle English, it took on the meaning "thing or animal spoken about before."

The h- was lost due to being in an unemphasized position, as in modern speech the h- in "give it to him," "ask her," "is only heard in the careful speech of the partially educated" [Weekley]. It "the sex act" is from 1610s; meaning "sex appeal (especially in a woman)" first attested 1904 in works of Rudyard Kipling, popularized 1927 as title of a book by Elinor Glyn, and by application of It Girl to silent-film star Clara Bow (1905-1965). In children's games, meaning "the one who must tag the others" is attested from 1842.

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Idioms and Phrases with with it

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