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English definition of “thing”

thing

noun (SITUATION)    /θɪŋ/
things B1 [plural] used to refer to the general situation : Things have been going very well recently .Situations and circumstances it's a good thing B2 If it's a good thing that something happened , it is lucky that it happened : It's a good thing (that) we booked our tickets early.Good luck and bad luck the way things are (also as things stand) in the present situation : The way things are, I'll never have this ready by June .Situations and circumstances 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 (SITUATION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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