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Meaning of “his” in the English Dictionary

"his" in British English

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hisdeterminer

uk   strong /hɪz/ weak /ɪz/  us   /hɪz/  /ɪz/
  • his determiner (MALE)

A1 belonging to or ​connected with a man, ​boy, or ​maleanimal that has just been ​mentioned or is ​known about: "Jo's got a new ​boyfriend." "Oh really? What's his ​name?" The ​bulltossed his ​horns.formal Did Chris ​tell you about his winning some ​money in the ​lottery?

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  • his determiner (EITHER GENDER)

belonging to or ​connected with a ​person or ​animal that has just been ​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 theirinstead, or its for an ​animal: Anyone who ​drives his ​car at 100 ​miles an ​hour is ​asking for ​trouble. What a ​cutedog! What's his ​name? Note: Many people prefer to use their, and this can sometimes mean changing other words in the sentence: People who ​drivetheircars at 100 ​miles an ​hour are ​asking for ​trouble.Its can be used for animals.

hispronoun

uk   /hɪz/  us   /hɪz/
A1 the one(s) ​belonging to or ​connected with a man, ​boy, or ​maleanimal that has just been ​mentioned or is ​known about: Mark just ​phoned to say he'd ​left his ​coat behind. Do you ​know if this is his? He ​introduced us to some ​colleagues of his. His is the ​officedirectlyahead of you, at the ​far end of the ​corridor.
(Definition of his from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"his" in American English

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hispronoun

 us   /hɪz, ɪz/ male
belonging to or ​connected with the ​personmentioned; the ​possessiveform of he, often used before a ​noun: Joe ​left his ​carparked with the ​lights on. Isn’t this Kevin’s ​umbrella? I ​think it’s his. His is also used to refer to a ​person whose ​sex is not ​known: Anyone who ​drives his ​car that ​fast is ​asking for ​trouble.Note: Some people find this use of his to be offensive.
(Definition of his from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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