- an object, fact, affair, circumstance, or concept considered as being a separate entity
- any inanimate object
- an object or entity that cannot or need not be precisely named
- informal a person or animal regarded as the object of pity, contempt, etc: you poor thing
- an event or act
- a thought or statement
- any object or right that may be the subject of property (as distinguished from a person)
- a device, means, or instrument
- (often plural) a possession, article of clothing, etc
- informal a mental attitude, preoccupation or obsession (esp in the phrase have a thing about)
- an activity or mode of behaviour satisfying to one's personality (esp in the phrase do one's (own) thing)
- the thing ⇒ the latest fashion
- make a thing of ⇒ to make a fuss about; exaggerate the importance of
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
circumstances in general:How are things? a particular fact or circumstance:His death was a terrible thing. Informal. a satisfying activity:a fun thing to do; Bicycling is his thing. an achievement, deed, or accomplishment:I expect great things from our production team. a detail, esp. particular detail:Do we have to go over every little thing? aim; objective:The thing is to enjoy yourself. an article of clothing:didn't have a thing to wear.
- utensils for a purpose:the breakfast things.
- possessions that one owns:Pack your things and leave at once!
creature:That baby is a cute little thing, isn't he? a thought; observation:I had a thing or two to say about that. 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). the thing, something that is correct or fashionable:Wearing baseball caps backward is the thing. idiom