him Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"him" in British English

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himpronoun

uk   us   strong /hɪm/ weak /ɪm/

him pronoun (MALE)

A1 used, usually as the ​object of a ​verb or ​preposition, to refer to a man, ​boy, or ​maleanimal that has just been ​mentioned or is just about to be ​mentioned: If you ​see Kevin give him my ​love. What's Terry up to - I haven't ​seen him for ​ages. Why don't you give him his ​present? We've just got a new ​cat, but we haven't ​named him ​yet.
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him pronoun (EITHER GENDER)

used after a ​verb or ​preposition to refer to a ​person or ​animal that has just been ​mentioned, or is just about to be ​mentioned, and whose ​sex is not ​known or not ​considered to be ​important. Many ​peopleconsider this use to be ​offensive and ​prefer to use him or her or theminstead, or it for an ​animal: A ​human being's ​ability to ​talk makes him ​unlike any other ​animal. If anyone comes to ​see me, ​ask him to ​wait. Note: Many people prefer to use them, and this can sometimes mean changing other words in the sentence: Human ​beings' ​ability to ​talk makes them ​unlike any other ​animal.It can be used for animals.
(Definition of him from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"him" in American English

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himpronoun

 us   /hɪm, ɪm/ male
the ​male being ​spoken about, who has already been ​mentioned; the ​objectiveform of he: Why don’t you give him his ​present? We’ve just got a new ​cat, but we haven’t ​thought of a ​name for him ​yet. Him is also used to refer to a ​person whose ​sex is not ​known: If anyone ​causes a ​problem, get ​rid of him. Note: Some people find this use of him to be offensive.
(Definition of him from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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