Definition of you in English:



  • 1Used to refer to the person or people that the speaker is addressing.

    ‘are you listening?’
    ‘I love you’
    • ‘I would love to give you more officers, but we have a set number and a lot of pressure on us to meet targets.’
    • ‘If I could have one wish, it would be for you to never stop loving me.’
    • ‘You can comment on a show or a gig you've been to and you either loved or hated.’
    • ‘If you have a story or information you would like to be included we would love to hear from you.’
    • ‘You cannot see that I would have loved you forever if you had only loved her the same way’
    • ‘We will always love you, and revere your amazing grace in that wonderful season.’
    • ‘My love for you is true and fills my mind and heart with a blinding passion that simply overwhelms me.’
    • ‘I'd love to tell you that Celtic are the only team in for him and that all is rosy.’
    • ‘I might not be able to write much when it kicks off as we will be moving around, but I love you so much.’
    1. 1.1Used to refer to the person being addressed together with other people regarded in the same class.
      ‘you Australians’
    2. 1.2Used in exclamations to address one or more people.
      ‘you fools’
      ‘hey, you!’
  • 2Used to refer to any person in general.

    ‘after a while, you get used to it’
    • ‘If you are poor with the ball it generally makes it tougher when you haven't got it.’
    • ‘It is generally understood that if you start to miss services, your child will not get in.’
    • ‘It's programmed so that you walk, talk and generally behave just as a human being would.’
    • ‘Please note that our general policy is go by the way you sign yourself in the body of the email.’
    • ‘At one point you have to go through a constriction, but in general it's easy going.’
    • ‘Chickenpox is a very common illness that causes a rash and can make you feel generally unwell.’
    • ‘However, in general do not simply increase the premiums you pay into your endowment.’
    • ‘In general though, the more you spend on your holiday, the better the food will taste.’
    • ‘Here is a simple calculator to show you some terms of a General Fibonacci Series.’
    • ‘The best way to make sure that you pass on the best to the next generation is to strengthen your own family unit.’
    • ‘Generally in society you have the break up of the community and the rise of individualism.’
    • ‘This leaflet tells you what general line you should take.’
    • ‘In every militant statement you can see a mix of the general and the specific.’
    • ‘Because of you, we go into the next General Election as the only party able to unite Britain.’
    • ‘Once you remove the need for a general anaesthetic open repair is far more cost effective.’
    • ‘As most of you will know, carp generally move around a lot less in winter than they do in summer.’
    • ‘It's a more general thing, where you just get gradually drawn in to the centre of the whirlpool.’
    • ‘There is a general board where you can enter your own ideas for future discussion.’
    • ‘Remember when the Internet was full of expensively generated content that cost you not a bean?’
    • ‘The whole idea of the monarchy, and titles in general, is that you do not pick and choose.’


  • you and yours

    • You together with your family and close friends.

      • ‘A very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.’
      • ‘If it's just you and yours, don't sweat, you can still enjoy a moment of piece and quiet.’
      • ‘There is something I want Miss Archer here to tell you and yours after my two guys leave.’
      • ‘We would also be happy to hear news of you and yours or pass on any special greetings you may have.’
      • ‘From my family and I to you and yours, I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous and successful New Year.’
      • ‘It's much harder to deny someone their legal rights or to consign them to the fires of hell when they are in front of you with their families, looking not that different from you and yours.’
      • ‘All right, Amy Dickinson, happy holidays to you and yours.’
      • ‘The decisions rest solely on you and yours.’
      • ‘Do you and yours play the family shopping game, Deception?’
      • ‘May God bless you and yours always.’
  • you-know-who (or you-know-what)

    • Used to refer to someone (or something) known to the hearer without specifying their identity.

      ‘the minister was later to be sacked by you-know-who’
      • ‘So while you-know-who is infatuated with what's-his-name.’
      • ‘Back at the top of the leaderboard it was always you-know-who who was forging ahead.’
      • ‘Alan, Jed's older brother, is a lawyer in their father's Toronto firm, hating his profession but saddled with the expectations of his disapproving you-know-who.’
      • ‘Els has long since come to accept that he is the main attraction only when you-know-who isn't there.’
      • ‘So you-know-who is officially going?’
      • ‘Wrapped up in white, Pike is not merely a sexy birthday gift for you-know-who.’
      • ‘If I turned up as a potential you-know-what, they at least listened.’
      • ‘The big dream is of an FA Cup upset against you-know-who.’
      • ‘Walford believes Celtic will gradually evolve to take account of the fact that you-know-who is no longer there.’
      • ‘Irish led by four points and were in sight of a famous victory when you-know-who was sin-binned in the second half.’


Old English ēow, accusative and dative of gē (see ye); related to Dutch u and German euch. During the 14th century you began to replace ye, thou, and thee; by the 17th century it had become the ordinary second person pronoun for any number and case.