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Meaning of “that” in the English Dictionary

"that" in British English

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thatdeterminer

uk   us   /ðæt/ (plural those )
A1 used to refer to a ​person, ​object, ​idea, etc. that is ​separated from the ​speaker by ​space or ​time: I've never ​liked that ​cousin of hers. Who's that? Is that the ​girl you told me about? How much are those ​shoes?formal His ​handwriting is like that (= the writing) of a much ​youngerchild.A1 used to refer to something that has been ​mentioned or was ​involvedearlier, or to something that is already ​known about: Where's that ​pen (= the one I was using ​earlier) gone? She ​lives in that ​house at the end of Jeremy's ​street (= you ​know which one I ​mean).
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thatconjunction

uk   us   strong /ðæt/ weak /ðət/
A2 used to ​introduce a clause that ​reports something or gives ​furtherinformation, ​although it can often be ​left out: She said (that) she'd ​pick it up for me after ​work. Is it ​true (that) she's gone back to ​teaching? We'll be there at about 7.30, provided/​providing (that) there's not too much ​traffic. It was sodark (that) I couldn't ​see anything.
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thatpronoun

uk   us   strong /ðæt/ weak /ðət/ (plural those)

that pronoun (USED TO REFER)

B1 used as the ​subject or ​object of a ​verb to show which ​person or thing you are referring to, or to ​addinformation about a ​person or thing just ​mentioned. It is used for both ​people and things. It can often be ​left out: I can't ​find the ​books (that) I got from the ​library. Is this the ​train that goes to Braintree? Have you been to the ​restaurant that's just ​opened in ​town?
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that pronoun (CONNECTING WITH EARLIER STATEMENT)

A2 used to make a ​connection with an ​earlierstatement: My ​carbroke down. That's why I'm so late. Lucy ​worked out how to ​fix it. That's Lucy for you (= She can ​fix anything).B2 used to ​express a ​reaction to something: I didn't ​know she'd been so ​ill. That's ​terrible. Turn the ​engine on, then put the ​car in ​gear. That's right (= you are doing it ​correctly). Smile for the ​camera. That's more like it (= that ​smile is ​better than before).
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  • Charles had told her off. That's why she was so ​upset.
  • "Jim didn't ​eventurn up." "That's Jim for you."
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thatadverb

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

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thatpronoun, adjective [not gradable]

 us   /ðæt, ðət/ (plural those  /ðoʊz/ )

that pronoun, adjective [not gradable] (SOMETHING NOT HERE)

used to refer to a ​person, ​object, ​event, etc., separated from the ​speaker by ​distance or ​time, or to something that has been referred to before, or to ​point to a ​particular thing: This ​peach isn’t ​ripe – can I have that one (= the one ​farther away) on the ​table? Put that ​box (= the ​particularbox referred to) down before you ​drop it. Where’s that ​pen (= the one I was using ​earlier)? If she could ​play like that (= the way she is now ​playing) every ​day, she’d be a ​star. She called him an ​imbecile, and at that (= ​immediately after that) he ​stormed out of the ​room. That is also used to make a ​connection with an ​earlierstatement: My ​usualtrain was ​canceled. That’s why I’m late. I didn’t ​know she’d been so ​ill. That’s ​terrible.that is You say that is when you ​want to give ​furtherdetails or be more ​exact about something: I should be there by seven, that is, ​unless there’s a lot of ​traffic.

thatconjunction

 us   /ðæt, ðət/

that conjunction (INTRODUCING A CLAUSE)

used to ​introduce a ​clausereporting something or giving ​furtherinformation, ​although it can often be ​omitted: She said (that) she’d ​pick up Michael after ​work. It’s ​possible (that) there’ll be a ​jobopening in a few ​weeks. It was so ​dark (that) I couldn’t ​see anything.

thatpronoun

 us   /ðæt, ðət/

that pronoun (USED TO REFER)

used to show what ​particular thing is being referred to: Have you been to the new ​restaurant that just ​opened? That’s the ​guy I was ​talking about.

thatadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ðæt, ðət/

that adverb [not gradable] (AS MUCH)

as much as ​suggested: It ​cost at least that much, if not more. The ​movie really wasn’t that good (= was not very good).
(Definition of that from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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