[hiz; unstressed iz]
the possessive form of he (used as an attributive or predicative adjective): His coat is the brown one. This brown coat is his. Do you mind his speaking first?
that or those belonging to him: His was the cleverest remark of all. I borrowed a tie of his.

before 900; Middle English, Old English, genitive of he1

See he1, me.
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1 [hee; unstressed ee]
pronoun, nominative he, possessive his, objective him; plural nominative they, possessive their or theirs, objective them.
the male person or animal being discussed or last mentioned; that male.
anyone (without reference to sex); that person: He who hesitates is lost.
noun, plural hes.
any male person or animal; a man: hes and shes.
male (usually used in combination): a he-goat.

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)
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
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)
the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet (ה), transliterated as h

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

the chemical symbol for

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

his (hɪz, (unstressed) ɪz)
1.  a.  of, belonging to, or associated with him: his own fault; his knee; I don't like his being out so late
 b.  as pronoun: his is on the left; that book is his
2.  his and hers (of paired objects) for a man and woman respectively
3.  of his belonging to or associated with him
[Old English his, genitive of he1 and of hitit]

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Word Origin & History

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.

- 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

O.E. his (gen. of he), from P.Gmc. *khisa (cf. Goth. is, Ger. es). Originally also the neut. possessive pronoun, but replaced in that sense c.1600 by its. In M.E., hisis was tried for the absolute pronoun (cf. her/hers), but it failed to stick. For dialectal his'n, see her.
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The symbol for the element helium.

His abbr.

His (hĭs), Wilhelm. 1863-1934.

German anatomist known for his investigations of the heart. He described (1893) the atrioventricular trunk, also called the His bundle.

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The symbol for helium.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. Her (or His) Excellency

  2. high explosive

  3. His (or Her) Eminence

high resolution interferometer spectrometer
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Example sentences
It does not mention the scandal that damaged his once-stellar reputation and
  stunned his colleagues in the field.
He is acclaimed for his advocacy of web standards, books and a sometimes
  prickly manner.
Computer executive posts statement to quell questions on his condition.
His only consolation was that he had helped postpone it till now.
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