Definition for things

noun as in belongings

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Example Sentences

“Forty-seven days — we’ve got to get this thing done,” Harris told them.

It was just the worst thing that anybody should have to see.

In other words, the current state of things could be America’s reality for another year or so, even if a vaccine or vaccines are produced in record time.

It’s the busiest week since 2014, according to the good folks at Renaissance Capital who track this sort of thing.

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It wasn’t until their story ended up in the New York Times business section, with their picture on the front page above the fold, that things changed.

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In the end, I find it never fails to modernize even the most dramatic things.

I think if you keep trying to do things the same way it becomes diminishing returns.

Because I was going more on about how things had already been done.

“After the New York mentality, it is the ultimate contrast to see people making things by hand,” he said.

Those threats prompted Lozoya to move her family to California for a time until things cooled down, she said in an interview.

Other things being equal, the volume of voice used measures the value that the mind puts upon the thought.

The boys were tumbling about, clinging to his legs, imploring that numerous things be brought back to them.

In the drawing-room things went on much as they always do in country drawing-rooms in the hot weather.

There are three things a wise man will not trust: the wind, the sunshine of an April day, and woman's plighted faith.

She did not need a great cook-book; She knew how much and what it took To make things good and sweet and light.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is another word for things?

The word things can mean a lot of… things. Most of the time, the words thing and things are the ones being used in place of more specific words. But there are other general terms you can use instead.

The word things can refer to anything—it can refer to physical objects or articles but also to nonphysical entities. The word items can be used for tangible things (as in We have a few new items in stock) or intangible ones (as in There are a few items on the agenda).

The word ones is sometimes used as a stand-in for things (see the preceding sentence).

The word something can be used to refer to an undetermined or unspecified thing.

The pronoun it is commonly used to refer to something without naming it. The plural pronoun they can be used to refer to multiple things in this way.

The word stuff can be used to collectively refer to a bunch of things, especially a collection of miscellaneous physical objects, but also informally to a collection of intangible things like events or occurrences (as in A lot of stuff happened today), actions or activities (as in There is plenty of stuff you can do to stay busy), topics (as in We learned a lot of stuff in that class), and other stuff.

Sometimes, the word things is used more specifically to mean belongings, as in These are not my things—they must be someone else’s. 

Objects of commerce (things that are bought and sold) are often generally referred to as goods.

What is a fancier word for things?

The word things is often somewhat informal. When referring to tangible things, the word objects is less informal. The word items is also a way to be more formal and can refer to tangible or intangible things.

What is the opposite (antonym) of things?

One potential opposite for the word things is the word nothing—if you don’t have any things, you have nothing.

For example:

  • “How many things are on the agenda?”
  • “None—there is nothing on the agenda.”

On this page you'll find 33 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to things, such as: stuff, baggage, chattels, clothes, conditions, and duds.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.