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Meaning of “this” in the English Dictionary

"this" in British English

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thisdeterminer, pronoun

uk   us   /ðɪs/ (plural these )
A1 used for a ​person, ​object, ​idea, etc. to show which one is referred to: Can you ​sign this ​form here for me? These ​books are too ​heavy for me to ​carry.informal We ​met this ​girl (= the ​girl I am going to ​tell you about) in the ​hotel. This is the one I ​want. What's this? Is this what you're ​looking for? What's this I ​hear about you ​moving to ​Scotland?this is ... used when you ​introduce someone to someone ​else: Harry, this is Joan.by this time (also before this) already: I ​thought you'd be done by this ​time.

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thisadverb

uk   us   /ðɪs/
C1 as much as ​shown or to a ​particulardegree: It was only about this high off the ​ground. She has never been this late for ​school before.

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

"this" in American English

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thisadjective, pronoun

 us   /ðɪs/ (plural these  /ðiz/ )
  • this adjective, pronoun (THING REFERRED TO)

used for a ​person, ​object, or thing to show which one is referred to or has been referred to before: This ​book is mine – yours is over there. Try on these ​sunglasses to ​see how you ​look in them. If you ​wear the ​scarf like this, it will ​lookbetter. infml So I said to this ​guy, "Do I ​know you?" This also refers to something that is nearest to the ​speaker in ​time and sometimes in ​space: I’ve got to ​see the ​doctor again this ​Thursday. By this ​timetomorrow, I’ll be in ​Paris.this is People say this is to ​introduce someone: Harry, this is Joan.this minute (also this second) This ​minute or this second ​means now: It doesn’t have to be done this ​minute, but it should be done before ​lunch.

thisadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ðɪs/
as much as ​shown, or to a ​particulardegree: Can you ​jump this high? She’s never been this late before.
(Definition of this from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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