their

their
W1S1 [ðə strong ðeə $ ðər strong ðer] determiner [possessive form of 'they']
[Date: 1100-1200; : Old Norse; Origin: theirra 'theirs']
1.) belonging to or connected with people or things that have already been mentioned
They washed their faces and went to bed.
The twins spend all their time together.
People had moved back into their own homes.
2.) used when talking about someone who may be male or female, to avoid saying 'his or her'
Everyone is free to express their own opinion.
Each student will have their own course-work folder.
→↑his

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Their — Their, pron. & a. [OE. thair, fr. Icel. [thorn]eirra, [thorn]eira, of them, but properly gen. pl. of the definite article; akin to AS. [eth][=a]ra, [eth][=ae]ra, gen. pl. of the definite article, or fr. AS. [eth][=ae]ra, influenced by the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • their — ► POSSESSIVE DETERMINER 1) belonging to or associated with the people or things previously mentioned or easily identified. 2) belonging to or associated with a person of unspecified sex (used in place of either ‘his’ or ‘his or her’). 3) (Their)… …   English terms dictionary

  • their — [ther] possessive pronominal adj. [ME theyr < ON theirra, gen. pl. of the demonstrative pron. replacing ME here, OE hira: see THEY] of, belonging to, made by, or done by them: also used before some formal titles [Their Majesties ]: often used… …   English World dictionary

  • their — their·selves; their; …   English syllables

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  • their */*/*/ — UK [ðeə(r)] / US [ðer] determiner Summary: Their is used as a possessive determiner (followed by a noun), being a possessive form of they. Get it right: their: Don t confuse their (the possessive form of they ) and there (a pronoun and adverb).… …   English dictionary

  • their — [[t]ðeə(r)[/t]] ♦ (Their is the third person plural possessive determiner.) 1) DET POSS You use their to indicate that something belongs or relates to the group of people, animals, or things that you are talking about. Janis and Kurt have… …   English dictionary

  • their — /dhair/; unstressed /dheuhr/, pron. 1. a form of the possessive case of they used as an attributive adjective, before a noun: their home; their rights as citizens; their departure for Rome. 2. (used after an indefinite singular antecedent in… …   Universalium

  • their — possessive determiner 1》 belonging to or associated with the people or things previously mentioned or easily identified. 2》 belonging to or associated with a person of unspecified sex (used in place of either ‘his’ or ‘his or her’). 3》 (Their)… …   English new terms dictionary

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