pronoun, nominative it, possessive its or (Obsolete or Dialect) it, objective it; plural nominative they, possessive their or theirs, objective them.


(in children's games) the player called upon to perform some task, as, in tag, the one who must catch the other players.
  1. sex appeal.
  2. sexual intercourse.

Nearby words

  1. istle,
  2. istomin,
  3. istria,
  4. isv,
  5. isère,
  6. it ain't a fit night out for man or beast,
  7. it figures,
  8. it girl,
  9. it is a far, far better thing that i do, than i have ever done,
  10. it never rains but it pours


Origin of it

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

Usage note

See me.


[with, with]


accompanied by; accompanying: I will go with you. He fought with his brother against the enemy.
in some particular relation to (especially implying interaction, company, association, conjunction, or connection): I dealt with the problem. She agreed with me.
characterized by or having: a person with initiative.
(of means or instrument) by the use of; using: to line a coat with silk; to cut with a knife.
(of manner) using or showing: to work with diligence.
in correspondence, comparison, or proportion to: Their power increased with their number. How does their plan compare with ours?
in regard to: to be pleased with a gift.
(of cause) owing to: to die with pneumonia; to pale with fear.
in the region, sphere, or view of: It is day with us while it is night with the Chinese.
(of separation) from: to part with a thing.
against, as in opposition or competition: He fought with his brother over the inheritance.
in the keeping or service of: to leave something with a friend.
in affecting the judgment, estimation, or consideration of: Her argument carried a lot of weight with the trustees.
at the same time as or immediately after; upon: And with that last remark, she turned and left.
of the same opinion or conviction as: Are you with me or against me?
in proximity to or in the same household as: He lives with his parents.
(used as a function word to specify an additional circumstance or condition): We climbed the hill, with Jeff following behind.

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for with it


abbreviation for

information technology



pronoun (subjective or objective)

refers to a nonhuman, animal, plant, or inanimate thing, or sometimes to a small babyit looks dangerous; give it a bone
refers to an unspecified or implied antecedent or to a previous or understood clause, phrase, etcit is impossible; I knew it
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
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
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
(used as complement with be) informal the crucial or ultimate pointthe steering failed and I thought that was it


(in children's games) the player whose turn it is to try to touch anotherCompare he 1 (def. 5b)
  1. sexual intercourse
  2. sex appeal
informal a desirable quality or abilityhe's really got it

Word Origin for it

Old English hit



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using; by means ofhe killed her with an axe
accompanying; in the company ofthe lady you were with
possessing; havinga man with a red moustache
concerning or regardingbe patient with her
in spite ofwith all his talents, he was still humble
used to indicate a time or distance by which something is away from something elsewith three miles to go, he collapsed
in a manner characterized bywriting with abandon
caused or prompted byshaking with rage
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
not with you informal not able to grasp or follow what you are saying
with it informal
  1. fashionable; in style
  2. comprehending what is happening or being said
with that after that; having said or done that

Word Origin for with

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
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with with it


In addition to the idioms beginning with it

  • it figures
  • it never rains but it pours
  • it stands to reason
  • it takes all sorts
  • it takes getting used to
  • it takes one to know one
  • it takes two to tango

also see:

  • that does it


In addition to the idioms beginning with with

  • with a grain of salt
  • with all due respect
  • with all one's heart
  • with an eye to
  • with a vengeance
  • with a view to
  • with a will
  • with bad grace
  • with bated breath
  • with bells on
  • with flying colors, pass with
  • with good grace
  • with half a heart
  • within an ace of
  • within bounds
  • within call
  • within reach
  • within reason
  • with interest
  • with it, be
  • with one arm tied behind one's back
  • with one's eyes open
  • with one's pants down
  • with one voice
  • with open arms
  • with reason
  • with reference to
  • with the best of them
  • with the best will in the world
  • with the exception of
  • with the gloves off

also see:

  • alive with
  • all over with
  • all right with
  • all up (with)
  • along with
  • at home (with)
  • at odds (with)
  • at one (with)
  • bear with
  • born with a silver spoon
  • both barrels, with
  • bound up in (with)
  • break with
  • burst with
  • can do with
  • can't do anything with
  • cast one's lot with
  • caught with one's pants down
  • charge with
  • clear with
  • come down with
  • come out with
  • come to grips with
  • come to terms with
  • come up with
  • come with the territory
  • cook with gas
  • damn with faint praise
  • deal with
  • die with one's boots on
  • dispense with
  • do away with
  • down with
  • fall in with
  • fence with
  • fight fire with fire
  • fit in (with)
  • fix up with
  • get along with
  • get an in with
  • get away with
  • get involved with
  • get in with
  • get on (with it)
  • get over (with)
  • get together (with)
  • get tough with
  • go along (with)
  • go halves with
  • go hard with
  • gone with the wind
  • go out (with)
  • go through (with)
  • go to bed with
  • go with
  • go with the flow
  • green with envy
  • handle with gloves
  • have a brush with
  • have a way with
  • have a word with
  • have done (with)
  • have no truck with
  • have pull with
  • have to do with
  • have words with
  • hold with
  • in bad with
  • in good with
  • in league with
  • in (with) regard to
  • in trouble with
  • in with
  • it's all over with
  • keep up with
  • kill with kindness
  • laugh and the world laughs with you
  • lead with one's chin
  • learn to live with
  • level with
  • lie with
  • like a chicken with its head cut off
  • over and done with
  • over with
  • pal around with
  • part with
  • play ball (with)
  • play the devil with
  • play with fire
  • put up with
  • reckon with
  • roll with the punches
  • rub elbows with
  • run around (with)
  • run away with
  • run off with
  • run with
  • saddle someone with
  • see with half an eye
  • settle with
  • shake hands with
  • shake with laughter
  • side with
  • sign on with
  • sit well with
  • sleep with
  • spar with
  • square with
  • stand up with
  • stay with
  • stick with
  • stuck with
  • swim with the tide
  • take issue with
  • taken with
  • take the bitter with the sweet
  • take the rough with the smooth
  • take up with
  • tamper with
  • tarred with the same brush
  • tax with
  • team up with
  • tinker with
  • together with
  • to hell with
  • top off (with)
  • to start with
  • toy with
  • trouble one's head with
  • vote with one's feet
  • walk off with
  • what's with
  • what with
  • you can't take it with you
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