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1Belonging to or associated with the people or things previously mentioned or easily identified.‘parents keen to help their children’
- ‘You walk out of a bar in daylight, and you see people on their way to work, or jogging.’
- ‘The surprised look on their faces was a joy to see as I ushered them to the front door.’
- ‘It would not bring their victim back to life and there would just be one more death to mourn.’
- ‘One group told me that they had been asked to provide their own brooms to sweep the stage.’
- ‘It is ghastly for those who tried so hard to make the model work and who have now lost their jobs.’
- ‘In our society many are crying out to be understood but we fail to hear their voices.’
- ‘Nothing gets to me more than people who make a big song and dance about having their own way.’
- ‘What they get up to in the privacy of their own kitchens is entirely their own business.’
- ‘They often feel less attachment to the city as a whole than to their own little corner of it.’
- ‘The feedback we get from buyers is that people now have less and less time on their hands.’
- ‘At the end of the day, he says, their defence teams just did not fight a very good case.’
- ‘All I can do is carry on giving my all for my club and let others make their minds up.’
- ‘Some veterans have chosen to deal with what they saw by closing it out of their minds.’
- ‘It was a new form of game show and people were on the edge of their seats, even if it seemed trivial.’
- ‘After their visit, the team decided to go back again to try to do more for the country.’
- ‘Problems came to a head on Friday when a can of spray paint was thrown at their front door.’
- ‘If they win, they will just go on to the next bet and so on until they've lost all their money.’
- ‘People came out because they felt the power to change the world was in their own hands.’
- ‘They all wanted to show their grief for the loss of a girl whose life touched so many.’
- ‘People spend a lot of time making sure their holiday is what they want and is good value.’
- ‘At times it was so cold that they could see their equipment frosting up in front of them.’
- ‘Gone are the days when he could read five books and file away their contents in his brain.’
- 1.1Belonging to or associated with a person of unspecified sex.‘she heard someone blow their nose loudly’
- ‘If your mum clicked with their mum then you would have a new friend whether you liked it or not!’
- ‘Everybody goes to have a look before making up their own mind where they want to shop.’
- ‘I am once again reminded, how wrong it is to judge a person by the colour of their skin.’
- ‘The winner with the most votes gets to spend an hour in the stocks for their humility.’
- ‘Why would anyone for the sake of their ego want to change the structure of what is going on?’
- ‘Anyone who wants to voice their displeasure over that lot has to do a lot of voicing.’
2Used in titles.‘a double portrait of Their Majesties’
- ‘Their Royal Highnesses arrived shortly after 3.30pm and were introduced to several prominent Members of Parliament, local councillors and leaders.’
- ‘Their Majesties were welcomed by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh at the Grand Entrance to Buckingham Palace in London.’
- ‘We were privileged and delighted to receive Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall as official guests on Thursday 24 July.’
1 Do not confuse their and there: their is a possessive determiner, used for example in they all tried to hide their faces and said nothing, while there is an adverb of place or position, as in I took a trip up there last week, and is used in phrases such as there is/are: we are aware there are problems. 2 On the use of their in the singular to mean ‘his or her’, see they
Middle English: from Old Norse their(r)a of them, genitive plural of the demonstrative sá; related to them and they.
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