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item

[noun, verb ahy-tuhm; adverb ahy-tem]
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noun
  1. a separate article or particular: 50 items on the list.
  2. a separate piece of information or news, as a short piece in a newspaper or broadcast.
  3. Slang. something suitable for a news paragraph or as a topic of gossip, especially something that is sensational or scandalous: The bandleader and the new female singer are an item.
  4. a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter I.
  5. an admonition or warning.
  6. Older Use. an intimation or hint.
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adverb
  1. also; likewise (used especially to introduce each article or statement in a list or series).
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verb (used with object) Archaic.
  1. to set down or enter as an item, or by or in items.
  2. to make a note of.
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Origin of item

1350–1400; Middle English: likewise (adv.), the same (noun) < Latin: likewise
Related formssub·i·tem, noun

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Related Words for item

information, component, feature, element, thing, piece, point, dispatch, aspect, news, minutia, story, matter, scrap, novelty, detail, note, blurb, notice, particular

Examples from the Web for item

Contemporary Examples of item

Historical Examples of item

  • Item, the clyster repeated in the evening, as above, thirty sous.

  • I thanked him for the item, resolving to add it to my list of curious Americanisms.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • And I did not feel it essential to my regard for him to know every item of his past.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • Tall Clemence made a dirty remark about every item that she touched.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • He had two carts laden with luggage—one item, a green parrot in a cage.

    Things as They Are

    Amy Wilson-Carmichael


British Dictionary definitions for item

item

noun (ˈaɪtəm)
  1. a thing or unit, esp included in a list or collection
  2. accounting an entry in an account
  3. a piece of information, detail, or notea news item
  4. informal two people having a romantic or sexual relationship
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verb (ˈaɪtəm)
  1. (tr) an archaic word for itemize
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adverb (ˈaɪtɛm)
  1. likewise; also
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Word Origin for item

C14 (adv) from Latin: in like manner
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for item

late 14c. (adv.) "moreover, in addition," from Latin item (adv.) "likewise, just so, moreover," used to introduce a new fact or statement, probably from ita "thus," id "it" (see id) + adverbial ending -tem (cf. idem "the same"). Thus "a statement or maxim" (of the kind formerly introduced by the word item), first recorded 1560s. Meaning "detail of information" (especially in a newspaper) is from 1819; item "sexually linked unmarried couple" is 1970, probably from notion of being an item in the gossip columns. Noun sense of "an article of any kind" (1570s) developed from adverbial sense of "moreover, in addition," which was used before every article in a list (such as an inventory or bill).

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