(noun, verb)


1. a special situation

- this thing has got to end

- it is a remarkable thing

Definition categories: state, situation

2. an action

- how could you do such a thing?

Definition categories: act, action

3. a special abstraction

- a thing of the spirit

- things of the heart

Definition categories: thought, abstract, abstraction

4. an artifact

- how does this thing work?

Definition categories: man–made, artefact, artifact

5. an event

- a funny thing happened on the way to the...

Definition categories: event, happening, occurrence, occurrent

6. a vaguely specified concern

- things are going well

Similar word(s): affair, matter

Definition categories: thought, concern

7. a statement regarded as an object

- to say the same thing in other terms

- how can you say such a thing?

Definition categories: communication, statement

8. an entity that is not named specifically

- I couldn't tell what the thing was

Definition categories: man–made, entity

9. any attribute or quality considered as having its own existence

- the thing I like about her is ...

Definition categories: attribute

10. a special objective

- the thing is to stay in bounds

Definition categories: thought, aim, object, objective, target

11. a persistent illogical feeling of desire or aversion

- he has a thing about seafood

- she has a thing about him

Definition categories: feeling

12. a separate and self-contained entity

Definition categories: general

Sentences with thing as a noun:

- Bacon pie? Is that a thing?

- get me a thing of apple juice at the store;

- The car looks cheap, but the thing is, I have doubts about its safety.

- you poor thing;

- that's the thing: we don't know where he went;

- Oh yeah, I'm supposed to promote that vision thing.


1. (rare) To express as a thing; to reify.