Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
He \He\ (h[=e]), pron. [nom. He; poss. His (h[i^]z); obj. Him (h[i^]m); pl. nom. They ([th][=a]); poss. Their or Theirs ([th][^a]rz or [th][=a]rz); obj. Them ([th][e^]m).] [AS. h[=e], masc., he['o], fem., hit, neut.; pl. h[=i], or hie, hig; akin to OFries. hi, D. hij, OS. he, hi, G. heute to-day, Goth. himma, dat. masc., this, hina, accus. masc., and hita, accus. neut., and prob. to L. his this. [root]183. Cf. It.]
The man or male being (or object personified to which the masculine gender is assigned), previously designated; a pronoun of the masculine gender, usually referring to a specified subject already indicated.
Thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
--Gen. iii. 16.
Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God; him shalt thou serve.
--Deut. x. 20.
Any one; the man or person; -- used indefinitely, and usually followed by a relative pronoun.
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise.
--Prov. xiii. 20.
Man; a male; any male person; -- in this sense used substantively.
I stand to answer thee, Or any he, the proudest of thy sort.
Note: When a collective noun or a class is referred to, he is of common gender. In early English, he referred to a feminine or neuter noun, or to one in the plural, as well as to noun in the masculine singular. In composition, he denotes a male animal; as, a he-goat.
His \His\ (h[i^]z), pron. [AS. his of him, his, gen. masc. & neut. of h[=e], neut. hit. See He.]
Belonging or pertaining to him; -- used as a pronominal adjective or adjective pronoun; as, tell John his papers are ready; formerly used also for its, but this use is now obsolete.
No comfortable star did lend his light.
Who can impress the forest, bid the tree Unfix his earth-bound root?
Note: Also formerly used in connection with a noun simply as a sign of the possessive. ``The king his son.''
--Shak. ``By young Telemachus his blooming years.''
--Pope. This his is probably a corruption of the old possessive ending -is or -es, which, being written as a separate word, was at length confounded with the pronoun his.
The possessive of he; as, the book is his. ``The sea is his, and he made it.''
--Ps. xcv. 5.
His is the possessive form of he.
His or HIS may also refer to:
HIS (automotive group)
HIS (Herstellerinitiative Software, German for 'OEM software initiative') is an interest group consisting of the car manufacturers Audi, BMW, Daimler AG, Porsche and Volkswagen.
Innovation in modern vehicles is to a great extent realized by software in electronic control units. Therefore, vehicle manufacturers must extend their competence in the basics and methods of software design and quality assurance for microprocessor based control units. This has motivated the companies mentioned before to bundle their activities as long as they are not relevant for competition.
HIS only works on topics which can be handled within a timeframe of up to 2 years. The common goal is to achieve and use joint standards, either by supporting standardization bodies, or where they do not exist, by developing standards. Work is performed in working groups which are established when needed. Significant work has been performed e.g. in the areas of standard software modules, process maturity levels, software test, software tools and programming of control units.
HIS results are available under www.automotive-his.de
det. Belonging to him. (from 8th c.) pron. 1 That which belongs to him; the possessive case of he, used without a following noun. 2 (alternative spelling of His English)
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English his (genitive of he), from Proto-Germanic *hisa (cognates: Gothic is, German es). Originally also the neuter possessive pronoun, but replaced in that sense c.1600 by its. In Middle English, hisis was tried for the absolute pronoun (compare her/hers), but it failed to stick. For dialectal his'n, see her.
Usage examples of "his".
A shadow seemed to settle on his heart as he thought of the Aberrant lady they had met in Axekami.
It seems likely that Raeder took this step largely because he wanted to anticipate any sudden aberration of his unpredictable Leader.
This was the final consequence and the shattering cost of the aberration which came over the Nazi dictator in his youthful gutter days in Vienna and which he imparted to - or shared with - so many of his German followers.
For the mind and the passion of Hitler - all the aberrations that possessed his feverish brain - had roots that lay deep in German experience and thought.
Ab his cognoscit non longe ex eo loco oppidum Cassivellauni abesse silvis paludibusque munitum, quo satis magnus hominum pecorisque numerus onvenerit.
No one could doubt that Philip Augustus would abet his vassal, the Countess of Poitou, in dispositions so well calculated to thwart the Angevin.
I dreamed that night that she had married a professional gambler, who cut her throat in the course of the first six months because the dear child refused to aid and abet his nefarious schemes.
Here was my wife, who had secretly aided and abetted her son in his design, and been the recipient of his hopes and fears on the subject, turning to me, who had dared to utter a feeble protest or two only to be scoffed at, and summarily sat upon, asking if the game was really safe.
I am charged with aiding and abetting his escape it seems to me that I have a right to know who he is.
The conflict, grown beyond the scope of original plans, had become nothing less than a fratricidal war between the young king and the Count of Poitou for the succession to the Angevin empire, a ghastly struggle in which Henry was obliged to take a living share, abetting first one and then the other of his furious sons.
The name of his partially duped accomplice and abettor in this last marvelous assault, is no other than PHILIP LYNCH, Editor and Proprietor of the Gold Hill News.
These observations arose out of a motion made by Lord Bathurst, who had been roughly handled by the mob on Friday, for an address praying that his majesty would give immediate orders for prosecuting, in the most effectual manner, the authors, abettors, and instruments of the outrages committed both in the vicinity of the houses of parliament and upon the houses and chapels of the foreign ministers.
I interrupted Abey in the middle of his telling me how beautiful Cleveland was in the winter and went to call her.
Scott Velie commenced his prepared speech as he sat, holding in abeyance his moment for rising, which was timed to occur at the delivery of a key sentence halfway into his brief statement.
Then the witch with her abhominable science, began to conjure and to make her Ceremonies, to turne the heart of the Baker to his wife, but all was in vaine, wherefore considering on the one side that she could not bring her purpose to passe, and on the other side the losse of her gaine, she ran hastily to the Baker, threatning to send an evill spirit to kill him, by meane of her conjurations.