Meaning of “you” in the English Dictionary

"you" in British English

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youpronoun

uk /juː/ // // us /juː/ // //

you pronoun (PERSON/PEOPLE ADDRESSED)

A1 used to refer to the person or people being spoken or written to:

You look nice.
I love you.
You said I could go with you.
You're coming tonight, aren't you?
Are you two ready?
You painted that yourself? That's great!

More examples

  • I'm sorry that I wasn't able to phone you yesterday.
  • Are you frightened of spiders?
  • Did you put the car in the garage?
  • Are you sure there isn't any way of solving this problem?
  • Do you prefer plain or striped shirts?

you pronoun (PEOPLE GENERALLY)

A2 people in general:

You learn to accept these things as you get older.
You can't get a driving licence till you're 17 in this country.
Too much alcohol is bad for you.
How do you get this thing to start?

More examples

  • On a clear day you can see the mountains from here.
  • With this model you get a radio, CD player and cassette deck all in one.
  • I don't like body builders who are so overdeveloped you can see the veins in their bulging muscles.
  • If you listen carefully to this piece of music, you can hear a flute in the background.
  • There was a penalty clause which said you had to pay half the cost if you cancelled your booking.

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

"you" in American English

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youpronoun

us /ju, /

you pronoun (PERSON/PEOPLE)

the person or people spoken to:

You look nice.
I love you.
Are you two ready?

you pronoun (PEOPLE GENERALLY)

people in general; anyone:

How do you get this thing to start?

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