me

[mee]
pronoun
  1. the objective case of I, used as a direct or indirect object: They asked me to the party. Give me your hand.
  2. Informal. (used instead of the pronoun I in the predicate after the verb to be): It's me.
  3. Informal. (used instead of the pronoun my before a gerund): Did you hear about me getting promoted?
adjective
  1. of or involving an obsessive interest in one's own satisfaction: the me decade.

Origin of me

before 900; Middle English me, Old English (dative and accusative singular); cognate with Dutch mij, Old High German mir

Usage note

2. A traditional rule governing the case of personal pronouns after forms of the verb to be is that the nominative or subjective form ( I; she; he; we; they ) must be chosen. Some 400 years ago, owing to the feeling that the postverb position in a sentence is object rather than subject territory, me and other objective pronouns ( him; her; us; them ) began to replace the subjective forms after be, so that It is I became It is me. Today such constructions— It's me. That's him. It must be them. —are almost universal in speech, the context in which they usually occur. In formal speech or edited writing, the subjective forms are used: It was I who first noticed the problem. My brother was the one who called our attention to the problem, but it wasn't he who solved it. It had been she at the window, not her husband.
Me and other objective forms have also replaced the subjective forms in speech in constructions like Me neither; Not us; Who, them? and in comparisons after as or than: She's no faster than him at getting the answers. When the pronoun is the subject of a verb that is expressed, the nominative forms are used: Neither did I. She's no faster than he is at getting the answers. See also than.
3. When a verb form ending in -ing functions as a noun, it is traditionally called a gerund: Walking is good exercise. She enjoys reading biographies. Usage guides have long insisted that gerunds, being nouns, must be preceded by the possessive form of the pronouns or nouns ( my; your; her; his; its; our; their; child's; author's ) rather than by the objective forms ( me; you; him; her; it; us; them ): The landlord objected to my (not me ) having guests late at night. Several readers were delighted at the author's (not author ) taking a stand on the issue. In standard practice, however, both objective and possessive forms appear before gerunds. Possessives are more common in formal edited writing, but the occurrence of objective forms is increasing; in informal writing and speech objective forms are more common: Many objections have been raised to the government (or government's ) allowing lumbering in national parks. “Does anyone object to me (or my ) reading this report aloud?” the moderator asked.
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Examples from the Web for mest

Historical Examples of mest

  • Pore Nesh mest hev lost his head for wence, since he trested thet dem villain.

    Two Knapsacks

    John Campbell

  • White ants (Mest) are not so numerous and destructive in the upper as in the lower country.

    The Highlands of Ethiopia

    William Cornwallis Harris

  • Nesh mest hev known him before; he would never trest a stranger so.

    Two Knapsacks

    John Campbell


British Dictionary definitions for mest

Me

the chemical symbol for
  1. the methyl group

ME

abbreviation for
  1. Maine
  2. Marine Engineer
  3. Mechanical Engineer
  4. Methodist Episcopal
  5. Mining Engineer
  6. Middle English
  7. (in titles) Most Excellent
  8. myalgic encephalopathy

me

1
pronoun (objective)
  1. refers to the speaker or writerthat shocks me; he gave me the glass
  2. (when used an an indirect object) mainly US a dialect word for myself I want to get me a car
noun
  1. informal the personality of the speaker or writer or something that expresses itthe real me comes out when I'm happy

Word Origin for me

Old English (dative); compare Dutch, German mir, Latin (accusative), mihi (dative)

me

2
noun
  1. a variant spelling of mi

me

3
the internet domain name for
  1. Montenegro
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Word Origin and History for mest

me

pron.

Old English me (dative), me, mec (accusative); oblique cases of I, from Proto-Germanic *meke (accusative), *mes (dative), cf. Old Frisian mi/mir, Old Saxon mi, Middle Dutch mi, Dutch mij, Old High German mih/mir, German mich/mir, Old Norse mik/mer, Gothic mik/mis; from PIE root *me-, oblique form of the personal pronoun of the first person singular (nominative *eg; see I); cf. Sanskrit, Avestan mam, Greek eme, Latin me, mihi, Old Irish me, Welsh mi "me," Old Church Slavonic me, Hittite ammuk.

Erroneous or vulgar use for nominative (e.g. it is me) attested from c.1500. Dative preserved in obsolete meseems, methinks and expressions such as sing me a song ("dative of interest"). Reflexively, "myself, for myself, to myself" from late Old English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mest in Medicine

ME

abbr.
  1. medical examiner
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Idioms and Phrases with mest

me

see dear me; so help me.

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