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Definitions of that

that  (ðæt ; unstressed ðət

Definitions

determiner (used before a singular noun)

    1. used preceding a noun that has been mentioned at some time or is understood   ⇒ that idea of yours
    2. (as pronoun)   ⇒ don't eat that,   ⇒ that's what I mean
    1. used preceding a noun that denotes something more remote or removed   ⇒ that dress is cheaper than this one,   ⇒ that building over there is for sale
    2. (as pronoun)   ⇒ that is John and this is his wife,   ⇒ give me that
      Compare this
  1. used to refer to something that is familiar   ⇒ that old chap from across the street
  2. See and that

  3. See at that

  4. See like that

  5. See that is

  6. See that's more like it

  7. See that's that

  8. See with that

conjunction (subordinating)

  1. used to introduce a noun clause   ⇒ I believe that you'll come
  2. Also: so that, in order that used to introduce a clause of purpose   ⇒ they fought that others might have peace
  3. used to introduce a clause of result   ⇒ he laughed so hard that he cried
  4. used to introduce a clause after an understood sentence expressing desire, indignation, or amazement   ⇒ oh, that I had never lived!

adverb

  1. used with adjectives or adverbs to reinforce the specification of a precise degree already mentioned   ⇒ go just that fast and you should be safe
  2. Also: all that (usually used with a negative) (informal) (intensifier)   ⇒ he wasn't that upset at the news
  3. (dialect) (intensifier)   ⇒ the cat was that weak after the fight

pronoun

  1. used to introduce a restrictive relative clause   ⇒ the book that we want
  2. used to introduce a clause with the verb to be to emphasize the extent to which the preceding noun is applicable   ⇒ genius that she is, she outwitted the computer
Precise stylists maintain a distinction between that and which: that is used as a relative pronoun in restrictive clauses and which in nonrestrictive clauses. In the book that is on the table is mine, the clause that is on the table is used to distinguish one particular book (the one on the table) from another or others (which may be anywhere, but not on the table). In the book, which is on the table, is mine, the which clause is merely descriptive or incidental. The more formal the level of language, the more important it is to preserve the distinction between the two relative pronouns; but in informal or colloquial usage, the words are often used interchangeably

Word Origin

Old English thæt; related to Old Frisian thet, Old Norse, Old Saxon that, Old High German daz, Greek to, Latin istud, Sanskrit tad

all that or that

Definitions

  1. (usually used with a negative) (informal) (intensifier)   ⇒ she's not all that intelligent

Translations for 'that'

  • British English: that You use that to talk about something that you have mentioned before.For that reason the claims procedure is as simple and helpful as possible.ðæt; ðət DETERMINERreferring tosomething previously mentioned
  • Arabic: ذَلِك
  • Brazilian Portuguese: esse/essa aquele/aquela
  • Chinese:
  • Croatian: taj ta
  • Czech: ten ta
  • Danish: denne
  • Dutch: die dat
  • European Spanish: ese esa
  • Finnish: tuo
  • French: ce
  • German: das
  • Greek: εκείνος εκείνη
  • Italian: quello quella
  • Japanese: あの
  • Korean:
  • Norwegian:
  • Polish: tamten tamta
  • Portuguese: esse/essa aquele/aquela
  • Romanian: acel
  • Russian: который которая
  • Spanish: ese esa
  • Swedish: som
  • Thai: อย่างนั้น
  • Turkish: şu
  • Ukrainian: той
  • Vietnamese: đó
  • British English: that You use that to join two different things you are saying.I felt sad that he was leaving.ðæt; ðət CONJUNCTIONjoining clauses
  • Arabic: أَنَّ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: que
  • Chinese: 引导宾语从句的关系代词
  • Croatian: jer
  • Czech: že
  • Danish: at
  • Dutch: dat
  • European Spanish: que
  • Finnish: että
  • French: que
  • German: dass
  • Greek: ότι
  • Italian: che
  • Japanese: ・・・ということ
  • Korean: ...이라는 것
  • Norwegian: som
  • Polish: że
  • Portuguese: que
  • Romanian: deoarece
  • Russian: что
  • Spanish: que
  • Swedish: att
  • Thai: เพราะว่า
  • Turkish: ki
  • Ukrainian: що
  • Vietnamese: rằng
  • British English: that You use that to talk about something that you have mentioned before.They said you wanted to talk to me. Why was that?ðæt; ðət PRONOUNdenoting something previously mentioned
  • Arabic: ذَلِك
  • Brazilian Portuguese: que
  • Chinese: 那个
  • Croatian: ono
  • Czech: to
  • Danish: som
  • Dutch: dat
  • European Spanish: ése ésa, eso
  • Finnish: tuo
  • French: cela
  • German: der die, das
  • Greek: αυτός αυτή
  • Italian: che
  • Japanese: あれ
  • Korean: 저것
  • Norwegian: den det
  • Polish: tamten
  • Portuguese: que
  • Romanian: despre ce
  • Russian: это
  • Spanish: ése ésa, eso
  • Swedish: den där det där
  • Thai: นั้น
  • Turkish: şunu
  • Ukrainian: цей
  • Vietnamese: điều đó
  • British English: thatðæt; ðət You use that to talk about somebody or something a distance away from you.Look at that car over there.Who's that beautiful girl? DETERMINERreferring to a person or thing a distance away
  • Arabic: ذَلِكَ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: aquele, aqueles aquela, aquelas
  • Chinese: 那个指远处的人或物
  • Croatian: taj
  • Czech: tamten tamta
  • Danish: den det
  • Dutch: die
  • European Spanish: ese
  • Finnish: tuota
  • French: ce cette
  • German: dieser
  • Greek: εκείνος
  • Italian: quello quella
  • Japanese: あの
  • Korean: 저, 그
  • Norwegian: den
  • Polish: tamten tamta, tamto
  • Portuguese: aquele
  • Romanian: acel acea
  • Russian: тот
  • Spanish: eso esa
  • Swedish: den där det där
  • Thai: คนหรือสิ่งนั้น
  • Turkish: şu
  • Ukrainian: той
  • Vietnamese: đó
  • British English: thatðæt; ðət You use that to talk about somebody or something a distance away from you.Who's that? PRONOUNperson or thing a distance away
  • Arabic: ذَلِكَ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: aquele, aqueles aquela, aquelas
  • Chinese: 指远处的人或物
  • Croatian: ovaj
  • Czech: tamta tamto
  • Danish: det
  • Dutch: dat
  • European Spanish: eso
  • Finnish: tuo
  • French: ce cette
  • German: das
  • Greek: εκείνος
  • Italian: quello quella
  • Japanese: あれ
  • Korean: 저 사람, 저것
  • Norwegian: det
  • Polish: tamten tamta, tamto
  • Portuguese: aquele
  • Romanian: cine
  • Russian: это
  • Spanish: eso esa
  • Swedish: den där det där
  • Thai: คนหรือสิ่งนั้น
  • Turkish: bu
  • Ukrainian: той
  • Vietnamese: đó
  • British English: thatðæt; ðət You use that to show which person or thing you are talking about.There's the girl that I told you about. PRONOUNwho or which
  • Arabic: ذَلِكَ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: o qual/a qual os quais/as quais
  • Chinese: 指将要谈的人或物
  • Croatian: koji
  • Czech: tamto tamten
  • Danish: som
  • Dutch: waarover
  • European Spanish: que
  • Finnish: josta
  • French: celui-là celle-là
  • German: dieses
  • Greek: ο οποίος
  • Italian: che
  • Japanese: 言及する人や物を限定する
  • Korean: 그 사람, 그것
  • Norwegian: den
  • Polish: ten ta, to
  • Portuguese: aquele
  • Romanian: care
  • Russian: который
  • Spanish: ese esa
  • Swedish: som
  • Thai: คนหรือสิ่งนั้น
  • Turkish: ki o
  • Ukrainian: який
  • Vietnamese:

Example Sentences Including 'that'

I looked at myself in the mirror and felt reassured by the healthy young man that stared back at me.
Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTION (2002)
Sorry to leave you waiting like that , she said, without explaining where she'd been or what she'd been up to.
Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTION (2002)
You'll just have to see her face for a couple of seconds, that 's all.
Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTION (2002)

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