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[n., v. ahy-tuh m; adv. ahy-tem] /n., v. ˈaɪ təm; adv. ˈaɪ tɛm/
noun
1.
a separate article or particular:
50 items on the list.
2.
a separate piece of information or news, as a short piece in a newspaper or broadcast.
3.
Slang. something suitable for a news paragraph or as a topic of gossip, especially something that is sensational or scandalous:
The bandleader and the new female singer are an item.
4.
a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter I.
5.
an admonition or warning.
6.
Older Use. an intimation or hint.
adverb
7.
also; likewise (used especially to introduce each article or statement in a list or series).
verb (used with object), Archaic.
8.
to set down or enter as an item, or by or in items.
9.
to make a note of.
Origin of item
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English: likewise (adv.), the same (noun) < Latin: likewise
Related forms
subitem, noun
Synonyms
1. thing; heading, entry.
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British Dictionary definitions for item

item

noun (ˈaɪtəm)
1.
a thing or unit, esp included in a list or collection
2.
(accounting) an entry in an account
3.
a piece of information, detail, or note: a news item
4.
(informal) two people having a romantic or sexual relationship
verb (ˈaɪtəm)
5.
(transitive) an archaic word for itemize
adverb (ˈaɪtɛm)
6.
likewise; also
Word Origin
C14 (adv) from Latin: in like manner
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Word Origin and History for item

late 14c. (adv.) "moreover, in addition," from Latin item (adv.) "likewise, just so, moreover," used to introduce a new fact or statement, probably from ita "thus," id "it" (see id) + adverbial ending -tem (cf. idem "the same"). Thus "a statement or maxim" (of the kind formerly introduced by the word item), first recorded 1560s. Meaning "detail of information" (especially in a newspaper) is from 1819; item "sexually linked unmarried couple" is 1970, probably from notion of being an item in the gossip columns. Noun sense of "an article of any kind" (1570s) developed from adverbial sense of "moreover, in addition," which was used before every article in a list (such as an inventory or bill).

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Slang definitions & phrases for item

item

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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