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thing

noun [C]  /θɪŋ/ us  

thing noun [C] (OBJECT)

a device, product, or part of nature that is not named: There’s a new thing that seals plastic bags. There are some nice things in the stores on sale right now. your things Your things are your small personal possessions: Get your things together and we’ll leave.

thing noun [C] (ANY POSSIBILITY)

an event, thought, subject of discussion, or possibility: A strange thing happened on my way to work today. I have a few things to bring up at the next meeting. Don’t worry about a thing – it’s all under control. Things can refer to a situation in general: Things have been going really well for us this year.

thing noun [C] (PERSON/ANIMAL)

a person or animal: When did you eat last, you poor thing? Note: This is used to refer to a person or animal affectionately or sympathetically.
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