WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
thing1 /θɪŋ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. an object, usually not a person or animal:A noun is the name of a person, place, or thing.
  2. an object not specifically named or designated:Hand me that thing. What is that thing, anyway?
  3. anything that is an object of thought or discussion:another thing I want to talk to you about.
  4. things, matters;
    circumstances in general:How are things?
  5. a particular fact or circumstance:His death was a terrible thing.
  6. Informal. a satisfying activity:a fun thing to do; Bicycling is his thing.
  7. an achievement, deed, or accomplishment:I expect great things from our production team.
  8. a detail, esp. particular detail:Do we have to go over every little thing?
  9. aim;
    objective:The thing is to enjoy yourself.
  10. an article of clothing:didn't have a thing to wear.
  11. things: 
    • utensils for a purpose:the breakfast things.
    • possessions that one owns:Pack your things and leave at once!
  12. a task;
    chore:I've got things to do.
  13. a living being;
    creature:That baby is a cute little thing, isn't he?
  14. a thought;
    observation:I had a thing or two to say about that.
  15. Informal TermsInformal. a special or strong attitude about something, either positive or negative:She has a thing about cats (= She likes/dislikes them). He has a thing for Irish music (= He likes it).
  16. the thing, something that is correct or fashionable:Wearing baseball caps backward is the thing.
  1. do one's thing, [Informal.]to follow a way of life that allows one to express oneself:Let the kids do their own thing and establish their independence.
  2. for one thing, (used to introduce something to support what has been said):The economy is in a shambles. For one thing, unemployment is sky-high.
  3. Idiomssee or hear things, to hallucinate:After taking the drug he began to see things, and he couldn't shut them out of his mind.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
thing1  (thing),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a material object without life or consciousness;
    an inanimate object.
  2. some entity, object, or creature that is not or cannot be specifically designated or precisely described:The stick had a brass thing on it.
  3. anything that is or may become an object of thought:things of the spirit.
  4. things, matters;
    affairs:Things are going well now.
  5. a fact, circumstance, or state of affairs:It is a curious thing.
  6. an action, deed, event, or performance:to do great things; His death was a horrible thing.
  7. a particular, respect, or detail:perfect in all things.
  8. aim;
    objective:The thing is to reach this line with the ball.
  9. an article of clothing:I don't have a thing to wear.
  10. things: 
    • implements, utensils, or other articles for service:I'll wash the breakfast things.
    • personal possessions or belongings:Pack your things and go!
  11. a task;
    chore:I've got a lot of things to do today.
  12. a living being or creature:His baby's a cute little thing.
  13. a thought or statement:I have just one thing to say to you.
  14. Informal Termsa peculiar attitude or feeling, either positive or negative, toward something;
    mental quirk:She has a thing about cats.
  15. something signified or represented, as distinguished from a word, symbol, or idea representing it.
  16. Lawanything that may be the subject of a property right.
  17. do or  find one's own thing, [Informal.]to pursue a lifestyle that expresses one's self. Also,  do or  find one's thing. 
  18. make a good thing of, [Informal.]to turn (a situation, experience, etc.) to one's own profit;
    benefit by:She made a good thing of her spare-time hobbies.
  19. Music, Music and Dancenew thing, [Jazz.]See  free jazz. 
  20. not to get a thing out of: 
    • to be unable to obtain information or news from:The police couldn't get a thing out of him.
    • to fail to appreciate, understand, or derive aesthetic pleasure from:My wife likes opera, but I don't get a thing out of it.
  21. see or  hear things, [Informal.]to have hallucinations.
  22. the thing: 
    • something that is correct or fashionable:That café is the thing now.
    • that which is expedient or necessary:The thing to do is to tell them the truth.
  • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English: origin, originally, meeting; see thing2

thing2  (thing, ting),USA pronunciation n. 
  • Government(in Scandinavian countries) a public meeting or assembly, esp. a legislative assembly or a court of law.
  • Also,  ting. Cf.  thingstead. 
    • Old Norse: assembly; cognate with thing1, Dutch ding, German Ding thing, origin, originally, meeting; akin to Gothic theihs time
    • 1830–40

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    thing /θɪŋ/ n
    1. an object, fact, affair, circumstance, or concept considered as being a separate entity
    2. any inanimate object
    3. an object or entity that cannot or need not be precisely named
    4. informal a person or animal regarded as the object of pity, contempt, etc: you poor thing
    5. an event or act
    6. a thought or statement
    7. any object or right that may be the subject of property (as distinguished from a person)
    8. a device, means, or instrument
    9. (often plural) a possession, article of clothing, etc
    10. informal a mental attitude, preoccupation or obsession (esp in the phrase have a thing about)
    11. an activity or mode of behaviour satisfying to one's personality (esp in the phrase do one's (own) thing)
    12. the thingthe latest fashion
    13. make a thing ofto make a fuss about; exaggerate the importance of
    Etymology: Old English thing assembly; related to Old Norse thing assembly, Old High German ding assembly

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    Collocations: a [big, small, long, short, tall, high, little] thing, is a [good, bad, great, wonderful] thing, was a [dangerous, stupid, smart] thing to do, more...

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