him

[him]
pronoun
1.
the objective case of he, used as a direct or indirect object: I'll see him tomorrow. Give him the message.
2.
Informal. (used instead of the pronoun he in the predicate after the verb to be ): It's him. It isn't him.
3.
Informal. (used instead of the pronoun his before a gerund): We were surprised by him wanting to leave.
noun
4.
Informal. a male: Is the new baby a her or a him?

Origin:
before 900; Middle English, Old English, dative of he1

him, hymn.


See he1, me.
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H.I.M.

His Imperial Majesty; Her Imperial Majesty.

he

1 [hee; unstressed ee]
pronoun, nominative he, possessive his, objective him; plural nominative they, possessive their or theirs, objective them.
1.
the male person or animal being discussed or last mentioned; that male.
2.
anyone (without reference to sex); that person: He who hesitates is lost.
noun, plural hes.
3.
any male person or animal; a man: hes and shes.
adjective
4.
male (usually used in combination): a he-goat.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English, Old English (masculine nominative singular); cognate with Dutch hij, Old Saxon hē, Old High German her he; see his, him, she, her, it1


Traditionally, the masculine singular pronouns he1, his, and him have been used generically to refer to indefinite pronouns like anyone, everyone, and someone (Everyone who agrees should raise his right hand) and to singular nouns that can be applied to either sex (painter, parent, person, teacher, writer, etc.): Every writer knows that his first book is not likely to be a bestseller. This generic use is often criticized as sexist, although many speakers and writers continue the practice.
Those who object to the generic use of he have developed various ways of avoiding it. One is to use he/she or she/he (or he or she or she or he) or the appropriate case forms of these pairs: Everyone who agrees should raise his or her (or her or his or his/her or her/his) right hand. Forms blending the feminine and masculine pronouns, as s/he, have not been widely adopted, probably because of confusion over how to say them.
Another solution is to change the antecedent pronoun or noun from singular to plural so that the plural pronouns they, their, and them can be used: All who agree should raise their right hands. All writers know that their first books are not likely to be bestsellers. See also they.
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he1 (hiː, (unstressed) iː)
 
pron
1.  refers to a male person or animal: he looks interesting; he's a fine stallion
2.  refers to an indefinite antecedent such as one, whoever, or anybody: everybody can do as he likes in this country
3.  refers to a person or animal of unknown or unspecified sex: a member of the party may vote as he sees fit
 
n
4.  a.  a male person or animal
 b.  (in combination): he-goat
5.  a.  Compare tag a children's game in which one player chases the others in an attempt to touch one of them, who then becomes the chaser
 b.  Compare it the person chasing
 
[Old English hē; related to Old Saxon hie, Old High German her he, Old Slavonic this, Latin cis on this side]

he2 (heɪ, Hebrew he)
 
n
the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet (ה), transliterated as h

he3 (hiː, heɪ)
 
interj
he-he!, Also: hee-hee! an expression of amusement or derision

He
 
the chemical symbol for
helium

HE
 
abbreviation for
1.  high explosive
2.  His Eminence
3.  His (or Her) Excellency

him (hɪm, (unstressed) ɪm)
 
pron
1.  refers to a male person or animal: they needed him; she baked him a cake; not him again!
2.  chiefly (US) a dialect word for himself : he ought to find him a wife
 

HIM
 
abbreviation for
His (or Her) Imperial Majesty

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Word Origin & History

he
O.E. he (see paradigm of O.E. third pers. pronoun below), from P.Gmc. *hiz, from P.Gmc. base *khi-, from PIE *ki-, the "this, here" (as opposed to "that, there") root (cf. Hittite ki "this," Gk. ekeinos "that person," O.C.S. si, Lith. sis "this"), and thus the source of the third person pronouns in
O.E. The feminine, hio, was replaced in early M.E. by forms from other stems (see she), while the h- wore off O.E. neut. hit to make modern it. The P.Gmc. root is also the source of the first element in Ger. heute "today," lit. "the day" (cf. O.E. heodæg). Slang he-man "masculine fellow" is from 1832, originally among U.S. pioneers.

case SINGULAR - - PLURAL
- masc. neut. fem. (all genders)
nom. he hit heo, hio hie, hi
acc. hine hit hie, hi hie, hi
gen. his his hire hira, heora
dat. him him hire him, heom

him
O.E. him, originally dative masc. and neut. of he; beginning 10c. it replaced hine as masc. accusative, a regional process completed by 15c. The dative roots of the -m ending are retained in Ger. (ihm) and Du. (hem). Hine persists, barely, as the southern England dialectal 'un, 'n for "him."
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He
The symbol for the element helium.

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Science Dictionary
He  
The symbol for helium.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
he
Hebrew
He
helium
HE
  1. Her (or His) Excellency

  2. high explosive

  3. His (or Her) Eminence

HIM
Her (or His) Imperial Majesty
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On rare occasions, a chief will unite a large number of kindreds underneath him.
They manage to subdue the tick and start to perform the experiments on him.
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  him.
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