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.

More examples

  • He was clasping the vase tightly, terrified of dropping it.
  • "Have you written your English essay yet?" "Of course, I finished it last week."
  • It's a nice dress, but it creases very easily.
  • He finds it extremely difficult being a single parent.

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

ITnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌaɪˈtiː/ us /ˌaɪˈtiː/

A2 abbreviation for information technology

Examples

  • Bob studied mathematics at university, but now he's working in IT.
  • IT has made huge advances in the last 20 years.
  • There seem to be plenty of jobs in IT at the moment.
  • There are various part-time IT courses at the college you could join.
  • IT is very much a male-dominated industry.

(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:

(Definition of “it” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"IT" in Business English

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ITnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌaɪˈtiː/ us

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)

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