the pronoun of the second person singular or plural, used of the person or persons being addressed, in the nominative or objective case: You are the highest bidder. It is you who are to blame. We can't help you. This package came for you. Did she give you the book?
one; anyone; people in general: a tiny animal you can't even see.
(used in apposition with the subject of a sentence, sometimes repeated for emphasis following the subject): You children pay attention. You rascal, you!
Informal. (used in place of the pronoun your before a gerund): There's no sense in you getting upset.
yourself; yourselves: Get you home. Make you ready.
a plural form of the pronoun ye1.
something or someone closely identified with or resembling the person addressed: Don't buy the bright red shirt—it just isn't you. It was like seeing another you.
the nature or character of the person addressed: Try to discover the hidden you.
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How to use you in a sentence
The Internet cool kids are rallying against Taylor Swift after her bold screw-you to Spotify.Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer | Arthur Chu | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For more better-for-you beverages, check out these 10 Healthy Holiday Cocktail Recipes.12 Thanksgiving Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work | DailyBurn | November 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Dwyer was present for many of the events he describes, providing a you-are-in-the-room feel.How Four Upstarts Built and Crashed the Anti-Facebook | Jake Whitney | November 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Because that minimum-wage hike was a project of the federal government, and that means that you-know-who was for it.Inside the Democrats’ Godawful Midterm Election Wipeout | Michael Tomasky | November 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So it's really a take-what-you-can-get kind of situation with him.‘Scandal’ Review: Olivia Pope Has Lost Her Damn Mind | Kevin Fallon | September 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The "Pay-as-you-Go" system has reflected favorably on the state's financial reputation.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
"I beg of you, I appeal to you-my friend," she urged, with that ardour of the counsel who pleads a bad cause.When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete | Gilbert Parker
"I wish t' hell, stranger, you-all hadn't edged off south," chattered Alfred.Blazed Trail Stories | Stewart Edward White
But wildcats is purty heavy, an' you-all can hit 'em with a shotgun.The Ghost Breaker | Charles Goddard
"I just stepped over to inquire what you-all'd like for breakfast this mornin'," he said with a grin.Hidden Gold | Wilder Anthony
British Dictionary definitions for you
refers to the person addressed or to more than one person including the person or persons addressed but not including the speaker: you know better; the culprit is among you
Also: one refers to an unspecified person or people in general: you can't tell the boys from the girls
informal the personality of the person being addressed or something that expresses it: that hat isn't really you
you know what or you know who a thing or person that the speaker cannot or does not want to specify
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
Other Idioms and Phrases with you
In addition to the idioms beginning with you
- you better believe it
- you bet your ass
- you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink
- you can say that again
- you can't take it with you
- you can't win
- you can't win 'em all
- you could cut it with a knife
- you don't say
- you get what you pay for
- you just don't get it
- you know
- you know something?
- you name it
- you never can tell
- young at heart
- you said it
- you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours
- all right for you
- as you please
- before you can say Jack Robinson
- before you know it
- between you and me
- bite the hand that feeds you
- do you read me
- for shame (on you)
- fuck you
- good for (you)
- how does that grab you
- how do you do
- if you can't beat them, join them
- I'll be seeing you
- I told you so
- look before you leap
- my heart bleeds for you
- no matter how you slice it
- not if you paid me
- now you're talking
- pay as you go
- practice what you preach
- quit while you're ahead
- same to you
- says who (you)
- screw you
- that's ___ for you
- what do you know
- what do you take me for
- what have you
- what of it (what's it to you)
- what's eating you
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.