Definition of “he” - English Dictionary

“he” in British English

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hepronoun

uk strong /hiː/ weak /hi/ /i/ us strong /hiː/ weak /hi/ /i/

A1 used as the subject of a verb to refer to a man, boy, or male animal that has already been mentioned:

Don't ask Andrew, he won't know.
There's no need to be frightened - he's a very friendly dog.

old-fashioned used to refer to a person whose sex is not known:

The modern traveller can go where he likes.
As soon as the baby is born, he'll start to take an interest in the world around him.

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henoun [ C ]

uk /hiː/ us /hiː/

a male:

How can you tell whether the fish is a he or a she?

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

“he” in American English

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hepronoun

us /hi, i/ male

the male being spoken about, who has already been mentioned:

Don’t ask Andrew, he won’t know.

He is also used to refer to a person whose sex is not known:

Today a person can travel anywhere he likes.
he
noun [ C ] us /hi/

male

Is your turtle a he or a she?

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