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See definition of them on Dictionary.com
  • pron.objective singular pronoun
  • pron.objective plural pronoun

synonyms for them

  • her
  • him
  • hir
  • it
  • me
  • ver
  • xem
  • you
  • zir
  • us
  • you
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a synonym for them?

We don’t traditionally think of them as having synonyms, but there are several situations in which it can replace—or be replaced with—another word, phrase, or series of words.

Plural people and things

Them is perhaps most commonly used as a plural pronoun referring to multiple people, as in Seven people made reservations, and all of them showed up at the same time. It can also refer to multiple things, as in I didn’t want the packages to fall off the table, so I moved them. 

A singular person

Like its subject (nominative) form they, them also has a long history of being used to refer to an unspecified individual or to a person whose gender and other personal details are unknown or irrelevant, as in If a student is absent, they must bring in a note with them when they return to school. Sentences like this sometimes use constructions like he or she, but the use of they and them has become very common in such instances, with many people preferring this approach as less awkward and more inclusive.

Nonbinary gender expression

A use of them that has become more widespread is as a personal pronoun, along with they and related forms, for those who identify as nonbinary or whose gender identity exists between or beyond the spectrum of strictly male or female. Grammatically, it’s used in the same way as the gender-specific terms like he and she, but it’s gender-neutral. You can learn more about this below.

themselves

In some cases, the word themselves is used as another way of saying them or another form of it. It’s sometimes used in place of them after the words as, than, and but, as in They saw girls no older than themselves. It can also be used as an emphatic form of they or them, as in They—the students themselves—wrote the lesson. Singular forms include themself or theirself.

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How to use them in a sentence

The English kings had turned to the only people who could have helped them-the Normans settled in Ireland; and they failed them.
IS ULSTER RIGHT?ANONYMOUS
No sooner did he say the word than he and the Weasel found them-selves standing before the open door of a nice little house.
THE KING OF IRELAND'S SONPADRAIC COLUM
Shall the dead take thought for the dead to love them?What love was ever as deep as a grave?
THE ONTARIO READERS: THE HIGH SCHOOL READER, 1886MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
After this the Kafirs gave Savage a second very long name which meant "He-who-sits-down-on-snakes-and-makes-them-flat."
THE IVORY CHILDH. RIDER HAGGARD
The only additional suggestion is the new and original test, the so-called "em-them" test.
THE CRITICS VERSUS SHAKSPEREFRANCIS A. SMITH
After these sinners have died, and been sent to hell, will the Christians in heaven then pity them?Answer.
THE WORKS OF ROBERT G. INGERSOLL, VOL. 5 (OF 12)ROBERT G. INGERSOLL
Wonderfully in life do effects manifest them-selves, of which we have no trace.
CHRISTIAN GELLERT'S LAST CHRISTMASBERTHOLD AUERBACH
We said that the 'let-them-alone' system, concerning the nation's 'freedmen,' is not the system of sound statesmanship.
CONTINENTAL MONTHLY, VOLUME 5, ISSUE 4VARIOUS
I dont care whether these accidents are accidents or whether somebody is arranging them-theyve got to quit, and quit sudden.
SUDDEN JIMCLARENCE BUDINGTON KELLAND
Except for playing children and quarreling dogs, ours was a very quiet camp those days there on It-Crushed-Them.
RISING WOLF THE WHITE BLACKFOOTJAMES WILLARD SCHULTZ
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO THEM

  • him
  • hir
  • it
  • me
  • them
  • ver
  • xem
  • you
  • zir
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.