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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old Norse
Origin: theim


1 pronoun
them1 S1 W1 [object form of 'they']
1 used to refer to two or more people or things that have already been mentioned or are already known about:
Has anyone seen my keys? I can't find them anywhere.
The police were very helpful when I spoke to them.
I lent him several books, but he hasn't read any of them.
2 used when talking about someone who may be male or female, to avoid saying 'him or her':
If anyone phones, tell them I'll be back later.

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