Definition of IT in English:



  • ‘the development and use of IT are certain to bring about changes in education’
    [as modifier] ‘basic IT skills’

Definition of it in English:



  • 1Used to refer to a thing previously mentioned or easily identified.

    ‘a room with two beds in it’
    ‘this approach is refreshing because it breaks down barriers’
    • ‘But one voice truly stood out - and it did not belong to any of the private school pupils in the show.’
    • ‘Once you have released a virus you can't take it back, it will always be out there.’
    • ‘Mrs. Henderson walked into the room holding a tray with his breakfast on it.’
    • ‘I need a fresh start and hopefully this is it.’
    • ‘If officials in Washington should read just one book, this is it.’
    • ‘It should not be underestimated how big this is - it's the world's top choral event.’
    • ‘This bathroom's amazing, have you seen it?’
    • ‘If you only visit one museum in Perth make sure this is it, because it boasts the best collection of Aboriginal art in Australia.’
    • ‘I don't know if this is it's permanent time slot, though.’
    • ‘Got this email yesterday which was very sad, this is it in its entirety.’
    • ‘Ultimately, the thing about the eclectic DJ set is that it's really, really difficult to pull off.’
    • ‘If you want my recommendation for a wonderfully quirky film that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, this is it.’
    • ‘When the long warm nights get you in the mood to party, there should really only be one CD on the playlist - and this is it.’
    • ‘When I was reading about this, it was just a proposal!’
    • ‘The great thing about an event like this is that it involves people from all walks of life and there is a real sense of camaraderie.’
    1. 1.1Referring to an animal or child of unspecified sex.
      ‘she was holding the baby, cradling it and smiling into its face’
      • ‘He managed to shoot the unsuspecting bird down; it squawked and fell to the ground.’
      • ‘The fish is only as sick as the water it lives in.’
      • ‘We are now happily married and already expecting our first child - I hope it will be a girl.’
      • ‘Cumbria Police said the sheep appeared to have panicked as the men chased it.’
      • ‘When the child was a child, it had no opinion about anything.’
    2. 1.2Referring to a fact or situation previously mentioned, known, or happening.
      ‘stop it, you're hurting me’
      • ‘It's not news that nitrogen prices are skyrocketing, and your customers will want to know why and what to do about it.’
      • ‘I never go there if I can help it.’
      • ‘Isn't it good that rates of lung cancer death among men have fallen by a third in the last decade?’
      • ‘When the flag is up it means that a minimum inventory standard has been violated and more parts are needed.’
      • ‘Oh, stop it, I'm blushing.’
  • 2Used to identify a person.

    ‘it's me’
    ‘it's a boy!’
    • ‘Was it you who told me the joke?’
    • ‘Hi, it's me, Mandy, I'm in Italy.’
    • ‘‘Oh no’, Abby thought, ‘it's him again.’’
    • ‘From what I gathered, it was his mum on the line, and he seemed really taken aback at what she had to say.’
  • 3Used in the normal subject position in statements about time, distance, or weather.

    ‘it's half past five’
    ‘it was two miles to the island’
    ‘it is raining’
    • ‘It was now past ten o'clock.’
    • ‘It's summer in Mexico and the teenagers are about to embark upon the adventure of a lifetime.’
    • ‘When it gets cold in Chicago, the snow way up to my knees, I still wear my sandals.’
    • ‘I hear it might snow tonight.’
    • ‘The weather has forgotten the rules - it's snowing in June.’
    • ‘It was three years in later, in 1978, that I returned to England.’
    • ‘It is some fifteen hundred miles from there to Fairbanks.’
  • 4Used in the normal subject or object position when a more specific subject or object is given later in the sentence.

    ‘it is impossible to assess the problem’
    ‘she found it interesting to learn about their strategy’
    • ‘It appears that 1990 marked the end of her competitive career.’
    • ‘‘People have said to us that it's crazy to see the child standing in the rain,’ Margaret added.’
    • ‘Does it matter what they think?’
    • ‘At the time, he found it frustrating that he could not figure out the right questions to ask.’
    • ‘It's difficult to absorb the costs and remain competitive.’
    • ‘It's no use reducing noise while dramatically increasing the risk of doing damage to your hardware.’
  • 5[with clause] Used to emphasize a following part of a sentence.

    ‘it is the child who is the victim’
    • ‘So the problem isn't that these things are unoriginal: it's that they're perceived as being original when they're not.’
    • ‘It wasn't until that moment that I realised we had nothing left apart from the clothes we stood up in.’
    • ‘It is the commander who is the first to take the blame for accidents.’
    • ‘She moved back home and it was then that she admitted her drug problem.’
  • 6The situation or circumstances; things in general.

    ‘no one can stay here—it's too dangerous now’
    ‘he would like to see you right away if it's convenient’
    • ‘I scored a goal that made me famous and then it all went downhill from there.’
    • ‘It's great here. Sydney is brilliant - it has such a vibe, a buzz.’
    • ‘We will not move in until it is safe.’
    • ‘At other top clubs at the time, players often liked to enjoy themselves with a couple of beers when it was appropriate.’
    • ‘Washington is a good place, I like it there, but I really, really like to be in Texas.’
    • ‘This could take a week or two, at which point, whenever it's convenient, I repeat the whole process.’
  • 7Exactly what is needed or desired.

    ‘they thought they were it’
    ‘you've either got it or you haven't’
    • ‘Bands either have it or they don't.’
    • ‘Then we looked at Tim's original movie and thought, that's it.’
    • ‘He says that when he saw Wood's acting clips, he knew she was it.’
    • ‘She thinks she's it, her nose up in the air or looking down it at you.’
  • 8informal Sex appeal.

    ‘he's still got “it.”’
    • ‘She did it with a boy when she was in high school.’
    • ‘There has been an increase in amateur porn where real people do it for the cameras and beam their digital selves across the world via the Internet.’
    • ‘I talk more about naughty stuff when I'm not getting it.’
    1. 8.1Sexual intercourse.
  • 9informal [attributive] Denoting a person or thing that is exceptionally fashionable, popular, or successful at a particular time.

    ‘they were Hollywood's It couple’
    ‘a chef who worked in one of the ‘It’ restaurants in Copenhagen’
    • ‘For now, executives and producers of the genre are suddenly Hollywood's 'It kids'.’
    • ‘With a mere 12 songs to the band's credit, the New York City garage rock quintet became the It band du jour following the 2001 release of Is This It.’
    • ‘Hollywood's former it couple stars together once again in the upcoming movie which opens in March.’
    • ‘The company president predicted that the bags would all 'sell like hot cakes', nevertheless, fashion followers agreed there was to be no single it bag.’
    • ‘Capoeira, a unique Afro-Brazilian martial art (or dance, depending on who you ask), has become the new It thing to do.’
    • ‘All joking aside, Brad and Angelina are making it clear with their splashy appearance at Cannes, they are Hollywood's number one undisputed it couple.’
    • ‘If the magazine isn't waxing lyrical about 'new boho' accessories, the new Fendi it bag or raffia accessories, it's asking 'Can you think yourself thin?'’
    • ‘Vogue asks the question on every fashionista's lips, "Are shoes the new It bags?".’
    • ‘"When did the Olympic Hopefuls suddenly become the new It band?" asks my friend.’
    • ‘Hyderabad is becoming the new 'it' place for startups.’
  • 10(in children's games) the player who has to catch the others.

    • ‘Elly tagged Karina and ran off, ‘you're it.’’


Old English hit, neuter of he, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch het.