Meaning of “the” - Learner’s Dictionary


determiner us uk strong /ðiː/ weak /ði, ðə/
Have you done the assignment?The battery is flat.Graham's not in the office today.The final chapter's really exciting.The rain's not expected to last until the evening.

A1 used before nouns to refer to particular 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.
That's the new restaurant I told you about.

A1 used before nouns when only one of something exists:

Have you seen the Eiffel Tower?
I'd love to travel round the world.

used before a singular noun to refer to all the things or people described by that noun:

The tiger has become extinct in many countries.

used before some adjectives to make them into nouns:

a home for the elderly

B2 used before each of two adjectives or adverbs to show how one thing changes depending on another:

The longer we live here, the more we like it.

used with units or measurements to mean each or every:

How many US dollars to the pound?

B1 used when referring to a part of the body:

He held her tightly by the arm.

B2 used before numbers that refer to dates or periods of time:

the sixties
Thursday the 29th of April

used with the names of musical instruments or dances to mean the type of instrument or dance in general:

Can you play the violin?

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