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Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

the /(stressed or emphatic) ðiː; (unstressed before a consonant) ðə; (unstressed before a vowel) ðɪ/ determiner (article)
  1. used preceding a noun that has been previously specified: the pain should disappear soon, the man then opened the door
    Compare a
  2. used with a qualifying word or phrase to indicate a particular person, object, etc, as distinct from others: ask the man standing outside, give me the blue one
    Compare a
  3. used preceding certain nouns associated with one's culture, society, or community: to go to the doctor, listen to the news, watch the television
  4. used preceding present participles and adjectives when they function as nouns: the singing is awful, the dead salute you
  5. used preceding titles and certain uniquely specific or proper nouns, such as place names: the United States, the Honourable Edward Brown, the Chairman, the moon
  6. used preceding a qualifying adjective or noun in certain names or titles: William the Conqueror, Edward the First
  7. used preceding a noun to make it refer to its class generically: the white seal is hunted for its fur, this is good for the throat, to play the piano
  8. used instead of my, your, her, etc, with parts of the body: take me by the hand
  9. (usually stressed) the best, only, or most remarkable: Harry's is the club in this town
  10. used with proper nouns when qualified: written by the young Hardy
  11. another word for per, esp with nouns or noun phrases of cost: fifty pence the pound
  12. often facetious or derogatory my; our: the wife goes out on Thursdays
  13. used preceding a unit of time in phrases or titles indicating an outstanding person, event, etc: match of the day, player of the year
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English thē, a demonstrative adjective that later superseded (masculine singular) and sēo, sio (feminine singular); related to Old Frisian thi, thiu, Old High German der, diu
the /ðə; ðɪ/ adv
  1. (often followed by for) used before comparative adjectives or adverbs for emphasis: she looks the happier for her trip
  2. used correlatively before each of two comparative adjectives or adverbs to indicate equality: the sooner you come, the better, the more I see you, the more I love you
Etymology: Old English thī, thӯ, instrumental case of the1 and that; related to Old Norse thī, Gothic thei



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