Definition of item in English:



  • 1An individual article or unit, especially one that is part of a list, collection, or set.

    ‘the items on the agenda’
    ‘an item of clothing’
    • ‘Who else is going to remove those dated food items from the shelves?’
    • ‘Donate the unwanted item to charity, as someone will certainly appreciate it.’
    • ‘I'll kick things off by offering one of my own items for sale.’
    • ‘The house is now a museum and displays many items belonging to the family.’
    • ‘Among the most picturesque items on display are the skilfully fashioned figures in pottery.’
    • ‘Please note that all items for inclusion in these notes must be in by noon on Friday.’
    • ‘Now none of these are true collector's items and most need new parts.’
    • ‘Shareholders can use the opportunity to place items on the meeting agenda or to ask questions.’
    • ‘He would place an item on the agenda on an annual basis to keep the project before the public mind.’
    • ‘We need to be reminded that poverty is the most expensive item on the agenda.’
    • ‘Clay utensils, items made of bamboo and coconut shell and handicraft items are also available here.’
    • ‘Each item of furniture was draped in white sheets and the windows were shuttered.’
    • ‘The reasons for purchasing luxury items also differ slightly by gender.’
    • ‘Anyone wishing to donate saleable items to the auction can contact any of the following members to arrange collection.’
    • ‘Hannah paced through the busy crowds towards a small shop that sold every item of clothing under the sun.’
    • ‘They have those menu items available in their restaurants.’
    • ‘In addition to our focus on paper, there are other items of interest.’
    • ‘You can add a launcher to your panel or add a menu item to your window manager menu.’
    • ‘Sellers should always insist on a cashier's check, money order or certified check when selling a big-ticket item.’
    • ‘Rate the following items on a scale of 1 to 5.’
    thing, article, object, unit, module, artefact, piece, commodity, product, bit
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    1. 1.1A piece of news or information.
      • ‘The fight was still the lead item on the local news last night - and I live in Brooklyn.’
      • ‘You must have had a serious depletion of news items to have made this your front page story.’
      • ‘Journalists are the mechanism for converting a press release into a news item.’
      • ‘When a story like this is promoted to the lead item on national news bulletins, you know that all perspective has gone out of the window.’
      • ‘Yesterday, I saw an item on CNN Headline News that made me look around the net for some details.’
      • ‘Think of the many promotional news items that will sprout on its pages and channels as a result.’
      • ‘This news item was the headline news in all of the Hong Kong newspapers.’
      • ‘Neither the news item nor the editorial contain much more than anecdotes.’
      • ‘News items for inclusion in next week's issue can be forwarded to the usual phone number or address.’
      • ‘The letters to the editor became a news item but only because the newspaper gave the issue a voice.’
      • ‘Speculation that David Beckham may be leaving Old Trafford becomes a front page news item.’
      • ‘On Sunday evening Holly expressed surprise that Rod's death was the lead item on the TV news.’
      • ‘The MEDALS Program Management Office posts news items pertaining to MEDALS where users may respond via an email hyperlink.’
      • ‘Even in hospital he worried about an item of news for the next issue of his paper.’
      • ‘The second item of news went some way towards softening the blow of the first.’
      • ‘Finally, if you like reading about odd items of news, do have a look here.’
      • ‘The writer has dug up an item of news and presented it in a straightforward manner.’
      • ‘The second item of news is that Europe has caught up considerably with the United States.’
      • ‘But I don't agree that it should be the main item on the news night after night after night.’
      • ‘Sometimes quite separate items of news from widely different places can appear to be connected.’
      report, story, account, description, article, piece, write-up, paragraph, column, flash, brief, release, newscast, headline, communication, communiqué, bulletin, feature
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    2. 1.2An entry in an account.
      • ‘The item appearing on the account will be queried by the credit card provider with a view to recouping the cost.’
      • ‘Each item of expenditure is followed by the closing sum total.’
      • ‘Certainly, it might seldom be possible to find repair costs as a separate item in the accounts.’
      • ‘The company has found a hole in its accounts relating to the way it has accounted for certain revenue items.’
      • ‘In short, the auditor is entitled to seek relief if he can show that an item of account is for any reason unlawful or improper.’
      entry, record, statement, note, listing, thing
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  • Used to introduce each item in a list.

    ‘item two statute books … item two drums’


Late Middle English (as an adverb): from Latin, in like manner, also The noun sense arose (late 16th century) from the use of the adverb to introduce each statement in a list.