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the Meaning, Definition & Usage

The intransitive verb
Definitions
  1. See Thee. Obs. Chaucer. Milton.
The definite article
Etymology
AS. the, a later form for earlier nom. sing. masc. se, formed under the influence of the oblique cases. See That, pron.
Definitions
  1. A word placed before nouns to limit or individualize their meaning. The was originally a demonstrative pronoun, being a weakened form of that. When placed before adjectives and participles, it converts them into abstract nouns; as, the sublime and the beautiful. Burke. The is used regularly before many proper names, as of rivers, oceans, ships, etc.; as, the Nile, the Atlantic, the Great Eastern, the West Indies, The Hague. The with an epithet or ordinal number often follows a proper name; as, Alexander the Great; Napoleon the Third. The may be employed to individualize a particular kind or species; as, the grasshopper shall be a burden. Eccl. xii. 5.
The adverb
Etymology
AS. the, thy, instrumental case of se, seó, thæt, the definite article. See 2d The.
Definitions
  1. By that; by how much; by so much; on that account; -- used before comparatives; as, the longer we continue in sin, the more difficult it is to reform. "Yet not the more cease I." Milton.
    So much the rather thou, Celestial Light, Shine inward, and the mind through all her powers Irradiate. Milton.

Webster 1913


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

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