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  1. he
    IPA[hē]
  2. pronoun

    • 1. used to refer to a man, boy, or male animal previously mentioned or easily identified:

      everyone liked my father—he was the perfect gentleman
    • 2. used to refer to a person or animal of unspecified sex (in modern use, now chiefly replaced by “he or she” or “they”):

      every child needs to know that he is loved
    • 3. any person (in modern use, now chiefly replaced by “anyone” or “the person”):

      he who is silent consents

    noun

    • 1. a male; a man:

      is that a he or a she?
    • 2. male:

      a he-goat
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: he

    • abbreviation

      high explosive.

      His Eminence.

    • symbol

      the chemical element helium.
    • pronoun

      used to refer to a man, boy, or male animal previously mentioned or easily identified:

      used to refer to a person or animal of unspecified sex (in modern use, now chiefly replaced by ‘he or she’ or ‘they’): see usage note below):

    • noun

      a male; a man:

      male:

    • abbreviation

      high explosive.

      His Eminence.

    • symbol

      the chemical element helium.
    • pronoun

      used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to a male person or animal previously mentioned or easily identified:

      referring to a person or animal of unspecified sex (in modern use chiefly replaced by “him or her” or “them”):

    • possessive

      belonging to or associated with a male person or animal previously mentioned or easily identified:

      belonging to or associated with a person or animal of unspecified sex (in modern use chiefly replaced by “his or her” or “their”):

    • pronoun

      used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to a male person or animal previously mentioned as the subject of the clause:

      he or him personally (used to emphasize a particular male person or animal mentioned):

    • abbreviation

      Her or His Imperial Majesty.
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