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English definition of “thing”

thing

noun (OBJECT)    /θɪŋ/
A1 [C] used to refer in an approximate way to an object or to avoid naming it: What's that thing over there? There are some nice things in the shops this summer . I don't eat sweet things (= sweet food ). How does this damn thing work ?Objects - general words things [plural] A1 your possessions or a particular set of your possessions: All their things were destroyed in the fire . Bring your swimming things if the weather's nice .Belongings and possessions a particular set of objects : Let me help you clear away the tea things (= cups , plates , etc. that are used for having tea ).Things needed for a task Grammar:Thing and stuffGrammar:ThingWe use the general noun thing more commonly in speaking than in writing.Grammar:StuffStuff is one of the most common nouns in speaking. It is more informal than thing. It is not at all common in writing.
(Definition of thing noun (OBJECT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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