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they

pronoun uk   /ðeɪ/ us  
A1 used as the subject of a verb to refer to people, animals, or things already mentioned or, more generally, to a group of people not clearly described: I've known the Browns for a long time. They're very pleasant people. Where are my glasses? They were on the table just now. They (= people who know) say things will be better in the new year.Personal pronouns B1 used to avoid saying 'he or she': "There's someone on the phone for you." "What do they want?"Personal pronouns
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