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theirs definitions

Merriam Webster's

pronoun, singular or plural in construction Date: 14th century 1. that which belongs to them used without a following noun as a pronoun equivalent in meaning to the adjective their 2. his or hers ; his, hers used with an indefinite third person singular antecedent <I will do my part if everybody else will do theirs>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

poss.pron. the one or ones belonging to or associated with them (it is theirs; theirs are over here). Phrases and idioms: of theirs of or belonging to them (a friend of theirs). Etymology: ME f. THEIR

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

She She, pron. [sing. nom. She; poss. Her. or Hers; obj. Her; pl. nom. They; poss. Theiror Theirs; obj. Them.] [OE. she, sche, scheo, scho, AS. se['o], fem. of the definite article, originally a demonstrative pronoun; cf. OS. siu, D. zij, G. sie, OHG. siu, s[=i], si, Icel. s[=u], sj[=a], Goth. si she, s[=o], fem. article, Russ. siia, fem., this, Gr. ?, fem. article, Skr. s[=a], sy[=a]. The possessive her or hers, and the objective her, are from a different root. See Her.] 1. This or that female; the woman understood or referred to; the animal of the female sex, or object personified as feminine, which was spoken of. She loved her children best in every wise. --Chaucer. Then Sarah denied, . . . for she was afraid. --Gen. xviii. 15. 2. A woman; a female; -- used substantively. [R.] Lady, you are the cruelest she alive. --Shak. Note: She is used in composition with nouns of common gender, for female, to denote an animal of the female sex; as, a she-bear; a she-cat.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

He He (h[=e]), pron. [nom. He; poss. His (h[i^]z); obj. Him (h[i^]m); pl. nom. They ([th][=a]); poss. Their or Theirs ([th][^a]rz or [th][=a]rz); obj. Them ([th][e^]m).] [AS. h?, masc., he['o], fem., hit, neut.; pl. h[=i], or hie, hig; akin to Ofries. hi, D. hij, OS. he, hi, G. heute to-day, Goth. himma, dat. masc., this, hina, accus. masc., and hita, accus. neut., and prob. to L. his this. [root]183. Cf. It.] 1. The man or male being (or object personified to which the masculine gender is assigned), previously designated; a pronoun of the masculine gender, usually referring to a specified subject already indicated. Thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. --Gen. iii. 16. Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God; him shalt thou serve. --Deut. x. 20. 2. Any one; the man or person; -- used indefinitely, and usually followed by a relative pronoun. He that walketh with wise men shall be wise. --Prov. xiii. 20. 3. Man; a male; any male person; -- in this sense used substantively. --Chaucer. I stand to answer thee, Or any he, the proudest of thy sort. --Shak. Note: When a collective noun or a class is referred to, he is of common gender. In early English, he referred to a feminine or neuter noun, or to one in the plural, as well as to noun in the masculine singular. In composition, he denotes a male animal; as, a he-goat.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Note: 'Theirs' is the third person plural possessive pronoun. 1. You use theirs to indicate that something belongs or relates to the group of people, animals, or things that you are talking about. There was a big group of a dozen people at the table next to theirs... It would cost about 3000 to install a new heating system in a flat such as theirs... PRON 2. You use theirs instead of 'his or hers' to indicate that something belongs or relates to a person without saying whether that person is a man or a woman. Some people think this use is incorrect. He would leave the trailer unlocked. If there was something inside someone wanted, it would be theirs for the taking... PRON


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