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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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