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Meaning of “it” in the English Dictionary

"it" in British English

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itpronoun

uk   /ɪt/  us   /ɪt/
  • it pronoun (THING)

A1 used as the subject of a verb, or the object of a verb or preposition, to refer to a thing, animal, situation, or idea that has already been mentioned: "Where's my pen? It was on my desk a minute ago." "You left it by the phone." The company was losing money and it had to let people go. The argument was upsetting for us all - I don't want to talk about it. Children who stay away from school do it for different reasons.

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  • it pronoun (SUBJECT/OBJECT)

A1 used as the subject or object of a verb to represent a phrase at the end of the sentence: It's unlikely that she'll arrive on time. It costs more if you travel before 9.00. I liked it in Scotland. I find it convenient to be able to do my banking by phone.
Grammar

it-prefix

uk   /ɪt-/  us   /ɪt-/ informal
used for describing things or people that are very fashionable, and everyone is interested in them, wants to have them, etc.: The design of this bag makes it the "it-bag" for this summer.

ITnoun [U]

uk   /ˌaɪˈtiː/  us   /ˌaɪˈtiː/
(Definition of it from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"it" in American English

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itpronoun

 us   /ɪt, ət/
the thing or animal being spoken about, that has already been mentioned: I can’t find the newspaper. Do you know where it is? Someone is at the door. Find out who it is.
It is sometimes used to introduce a statement that does not involve a particular event or person: It’s supposed to rain tomorrow.
(Definition of it from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"IT" in Business English

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ITnoun [U]

uk   us   /ˌaɪˈtiː/
IT companies or organizations that sell or provide goods or services relating to computers, software, access to the internet, etc.: IT industry/sector The IT industry has the systems to gather and manage more data than the world can produce. jobs/work in IT The agency deals with a wide range of jobs in IT.
IT, WORKPLACE the department in an organization that is responsible for electronic equipment and services, including computers, software, and internet access: Take your computer to IT and they'll put a new hard drive in it.
(Definition of IT from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “it”
in Korean 그것, 상황 설명이나 의견을 말할 때 쓴다, 시간…
in Arabic ضَمير الغائب لِلمُفْرَد غَيْر العاقِل, إنّه (لِلوَقْت), إنّه (لِلأسْماء)…
in Malaysian IT – teknologi maklumat…
in French il, elle, le…
in Russian он, она, оно (о предметах и животных)…
in Chinese (Traditional) (用作主語或受詞)它,這,那(指上文提到的事物、動物或情況)…
in Italian esso, essa, lo…
in Turkish o, onu, bahsedilen nesne…
in Polish to, on, ona…
in Spanish informació tecnològica…
in Vietnamese công nghệ thông tin…
in Portuguese usado para significar uma coisa, situação ou ideia que já foi mencionada anteriormente, usado antes de alguns adjetivos…
in Thai เทคโนโลยีสารสนเทศ (ไอที)…
in German es, zur Betonung, das…
in Catalan s’utilitza per a referir-se a alguna cosa que s’ha esmentat abans, s’utilitza davant d’adjectius, noms i verbs per a introduir una opinió o una descripció…
in Japanese それ(先述されたもの、ことなどを表す), (形容詞、名詞、動詞の前につけて形式的な主語、目的語になる), (時間、距離、天候を表す文の主語。日本語には訳さない)…
in Chinese (Simplified) (用作主语或宾语)它,这,那(指上文提到的事物、动物或情况)…
in Indonesian TI, Teknologi Informasi…
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“it” in Business English

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