Definition of “their” - English Dictionary

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“their” in British English

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theirdeterminer

uk /ðeər/ us /ðer/

A1 of or belonging to them:

He gave them their coats.

B1 used to refer to one person in order to avoid saying "his or her":

One of the students has left their book behind.

More examples

  • She thanked the staff for their dedication and enthusiasm.
  • Look up their number in the phone directory.
  • The children left their game and came running to greet us.
  • Many miners have suffered from the effects of coal dust in their lungs.
  • Everyone has their own ideas about the best way to bring up children.

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

“their” in American English

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theirpronoun [ pl ]

us /ðeər/

belonging to or connected with them; the possessive form of they, used before a noun:

It was their money, and they could spend it as they liked.

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

Someone forgot to take their umbrella.

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

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