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item Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list
    • he noticed an item in the New York Times
    • she had several items on her shopping list
    • the main point on the agenda was taken up first
  2. noun a small part that can be considered separately from the whole
    detail; particular.
    • it was perfect in all details
  3. noun a whole individual unit; especially when included in a list or collection
    • they reduced the price on many items
  4. noun an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole
    detail; point.
    • several of the details are similar
    • a point of information
  5. noun an individual instance of a type of symbol
    • the word`error' contains three tokens of `r'
  6. adverb (used when listing or enumerating items) also
    • a length of chain, item a hook"-Philip Guedalla

I"tem adverb
L. See Iterate.
  1. Also; as an additional article.
I"tem noun
From Item, adv.
  1. An article; a separate particular in an account; as, the items in a bill.
  2. A hint; an innuendo. Obs.
    A secret item was given to some of the bishops . . . to absent themselves. Fuller.
  3. A short article in a newspaper; a paragraph; as, an item concerning the weather.
I"tem transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Itemed ; present participle & verbal noun Iteming
  1. To make a note or memorandum of.
    I have itemed it in my memory. Addison.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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