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Meaning of "the" in Essential English Dictionary

the

determiner   weak /ðə, ði/   strong /ðiː/
A1 used before nouns to mean things or people that have already been talked about or are already known: Can you pass the salt? I’ll pick you up at the station.
A1 used before nouns when only one of something exists: the Eiffel Tower the world
used before some adjectives to make them into nouns: a home for the elderly
used before numbers that refer to dates: Thursday the 29th of April
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