Language: Old English
Origin: thæt


1 determiner, pronoun
that1 S1 W1
1 plural thoseXX used to refer to a person, thing, idea etc that has already been mentioned or is already known about:
'You never cared about me.' 'That's not true.'
I wish you wouldn't say things like that.
What did you do with those sandwiches?
Victoria Street? That's where my sister lives.
Do you remember that nice Mr Hoskins who came to dinner?
I've got that pain in my back again.
He killed a man once and that's why he had to leave Ireland.
'We've been cheated,' she said. Those were her exact words.
'I have to go,' she said, and with that (=after saying that) she hung up the phone.
2 used after a noun as a relative pronoun like 'who', 'whom', or 'which' to introduce a clause:
There are lots of things that I need to buy before the trip.
the people that live next door
They've got a machine that prints names on badges.
the greatest boxer that ever lived
Who was it that said 'The Law's an Ass'?
The day that my father died, I was on holiday in Greece.
3 plural those formalXX used to refer to a particular person or thing of the general type that has just been mentioned:
In my opinion, the finest wines are those from France.
that of
His own experience was different from that of his friends.

those who

people who:
There are those who disapprove of all forms of gambling.
Those who saw the performance thought it memorable.

at that

used after adding a piece of information which emphasizes and increases what you have just said:
You should be able to answer the question in a single sentence, and a short one at that.

that is (to say)

used to give more exact information about something or to correct a statement:
One solution would be to change the shape of the screen, that is, to make it wider.
Languages are taught by the direct method, that is to say, without using the student's own language.
I loved him - that is, I thought I did.
7 spoken plural those used to refer to a person or thing that is not near you:
Is that my pen you've got there?
That's Eileen's house across the road.
Look at those men in that car. What on earth are they doing?
Our tomatoes never get as big as that.
8 spoken

that's life/men/politics etc (for you)

used to say that something is typical of a particular group of people, situation etc:
I don't think I was fairly treated, but then that's life, isn't it?
We go out for a romantic meal and all he wants to do is talk about football. That's men for you.
9 spoken

that's it

a) used to say that something is completely finished or that a situation cannot be changed:
That's it, then. There's nothing more we can do.
b) used to tell someone that they are doing something correctly:
Slowly ... slowly. Yeah, that's it.
c) also that does it used when you are angry about a situation and you do not want it to continue:
That's it. I'm leaving.
10 spoken

that's that

used to emphasize that a situation or a decision cannot be changed:
I refuse to go and that's that!
There's no money left, so that's that.
11 spoken used when you are not sure who is answering the telephone:
Hello, is that Joan Murphy?
12 spoken

and (all) that

British English and similar things:
I knew he was interested in computers and all that.
13 spoken

that's a good girl/that's a clever dog etc

used to praise a child or animal
14 spoken

that is not an option

used when you want to emphasize that something that has just been suggested is not acceptable to you

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