? ?[this] Show IPA ,pronoun and adjective, plural these ?[theez] Show IPA; adverb pronoun 1. (used to indicate a person, thing, idea, state, event, time, remark, etc., as present, near, just mentioned or pointed out, supposed to be understood, or by way of emphasis): This is my coat. 2. (used to indicate one of two or more persons, things, etc., referring to the one nearer in place, time, or thought; opposed to that ): This is Liza and that is Amy. 3. (used to indicate one of two or more persons, things, etc., implying a contrast or contradistinction; opposed to that ): I'd take that instead of this. 4. what is about to follow: Now hear this! Watch this! adjective 5. (used to indicate a person, place, thing, or degree as present, near, just indicated or mentioned, or as well-known or characteristic): These people are my friends. This problem has worried me for a long time. 6. (used to indicate the nearer in time, place, or thought of two persons, things, etc.; opposed to that ). 7. (used to imply mere contradistinction; opposed to that ). 8. (used in place of an indefinite article for emphasis): I was walking down the street when I heard this explosion.