the is Accepted in TWL Scrabble Dictionary

the Scrabble score: 6

Meaning of the

  • ed as a function word before the plural form of a surname to indicate all the members of a family the Johnsons
  • ed as a function word after a person's name to indicate a characteristic trait or notorious activity specified by the succeeding noun Jack the Ripper
  • ed as a function word before the name of a branch of human endeavor or proficiency the law
  • ed as a function word with a noun modified by an adjective or by an attributive noun to limit the application of the modified noun to that specified by the adjective or by the attributive noun the right answer Peter the Great
  • ed as a function word to indicate that a following noun or noun equivalent is a unique or a particular member of its class the President the Lord
  • ed as a function word in prepositional phrases to indicate that the noun in the phrase serves as a basis for computation sold by the dozen
  • ed as a function word before a singular substantivized adjective to indicate an abstract idea an essay on the sublime
  • ed as a function word before a singular noun to indicate that the noun is to be understood generically the dog is a domestic animal
  • (used to indicate a particular person or thing)
  • used as a function word to indicate that a following noun or noun equivalent is definite or has been previously specified by context or by circumstance put the cat out
  • (used to mark a noun indicating the best, most important, etc.)
  • ed as a function word before an absolute adjective or an ordinal number nothing but the best due on the first
  • ed as a function word before a noun to limit its application to that specified by a succeeding element in the sentence the poet Wordsworth the days of our youth didn't have the time to write
  • ed as a function word before the plural form of a numeral that is a multiple of ten to denote a particular decade of a century or of a person's life life in the twenties
  • ed as a function word before a noun or a substantivized adjective to indicate reference to a group as a whole the elite
  • ed as a function word to designate one of a class as the best, most typical, best known, or most worth singling out this is the life the pill sometimes used before a personal name to denote the most prominent bearer of that name
  • (used before adjectives that are used as nouns)
  • used to specify [definite_article]
  • (used to mark a noun standing for one or all of a kind)
  • ed as a function word before names of some parts of the body or of the clothing as an equivalent of a possessive adjective how's the arm today
  • ed as a function word before a proper name (as of a ship or a well-known building) the Mayflower
  • ed as a function word before a noun denoting time to indicate reference to what is present or immediate or is under consideration in the future
  • ed as a function word before nouns that designate natural phenomena or points of the compass the night is cold
  • ed as a function word before a proper name to indicate the distinctive characteristics of a person or thing the John Doe that we know wouldn't lie
  • ed as a function word before the name of a commodity or any familiar appurtenance of daily life to indicate reference to the individual thing, part, or supply thought of as at hand talked on the telephone