[n., v. ahy-tuhm; adv. ahy-tem]
a separate article or particular: 50 items on the list.
a separate piece of information or news, as a short piece in a newspaper or broadcast.
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.
a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter I.
an admonition or warning.
Older Use. an intimation or hint.
also; likewise (used especially to introduce each article or statement in a list or series).
verb (used with object) Archaic.
to set down or enter as an item, or by or in items.
to make a note of.

1350–1400; Middle English: likewise (adv.), the same (noun) < Latin: likewise

subitem, noun

1. thing; heading, entry. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
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
5.  (tr) an archaic word for itemize
6.  likewise; also
[C14 (adv) from Latin: in like manner]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from L. item (adv.) "likewise, just so," used to introduce a new fact or statement, probably from ita "thus," id "it" + adv. 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 earlier adv. sense of "moreover, in addition," which was used before every article in a list (such as an inventory or bill). Itemize coined 1864.
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Example sentences
The counter has plenty of space for setting out buffet items as well as
His telescope magnified items by eight times and showed them right side up.
The subjects then watched names of the items flash across a monitor.
The pink fad spread from sleepers and crib sheets to big-ticket items such as
  strollers, car seats and riding toys.
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