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[th air; unstressed th er] /ðɛər; unstressed ðər/
contraction of they are.
Can be confused
their, there, they're (see usage note at there)
Usage note Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for they're
  • When you will they won't: and when you won't they're dying for you.
  • they're focused on, let's put together this weekly module, and then that's where the experience happens.
  • One place they're looking: tuition, which continues to go up on almost every campus.
  • One is that they're not interested in living on campus.
  • they're still unpleasant, but they're the lesser evils, the road less arduous.
  • they're not graduate students or even upper-division undergraduates.
  • they're part of the normal background hum of instructional change that goes on almost everywhere.
  • they're easier to edit and review, not to mention less time-consuming to write.
  • they're unfamiliar with our values and don't speak our jargon.
  • Rather, the problem is that the student isn't learning what they're supposed to learn in your course.
British Dictionary definitions for they're


/ðɛə; ˈðeɪə/
they are
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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