Meaning of “them” in the English Dictionary

"them" in British English

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thempronoun

uk strong /ðem/ /ðəm/ us /ðem/ /ðəm/

A1 used, usually as the object of a verb or preposition, to refer to people, things, animals, situations, or ideas that have already been mentioned:

I've lost my keys. I can't find them anywhere.
It's them. They're here.

B1 used to refer to one person whose sex is not known instead of saying "him" or "her":

When each passenger arrives, we ask them to fill in a form.
Note: Some people do not like this use, and prefer to use him or her: When each passenger arrives, we ask him or her to fill in a form.

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themdeterminer

uk /ðem/ us /ðem/

not standard for those :

Who gave you them cookies?

(Definition of “them” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"them" in American English

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thempronoun [ pl ]

us /ðem, ðəm/

the things or people being spoken about, who have already been mentioned; the objective form of they:

I lost my keys and I can’t find them anywhere.

Them is also used to refer to a person whose sex is not known:

As each person arrives, we ask them to fill out a form.

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