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Meaning of “they” in the English Dictionary

"they" in British English

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theypronoun

uk   us   /ðeɪ/
A1 used as the ​subject of a ​verb to refer to ​people, ​animals, or things already ​mentioned or, more ​generally, to a ​group of ​people not ​clearlydescribed: I've ​known the Browns for a ​longtime. They're very ​nicepeople. Where are my ​glasses? They were on the ​table a ​minute ago. They (= ​people who ​know) say things will be ​better in the new ​year.B1 used to ​avoid saying "he or she": "There's someone on the ​phone for you." "What do they ​want?"

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

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theypronoun [pl]

 us   /ðeɪ/
the things or ​people being ​spoken about, who have already been ​mentioned: Where are my ​glasses? They were on the ​table a ​minute ago. They (= People who ​know) say we’re going to get some ​rain. They is also used to refer to a ​person whose ​sex is not ​known: "There is someone on the ​phone for you." "What do they ​want?"
(Definition of they from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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