Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun thing

12 senses of thing

Sense 1
thing -- (a special situation; "this thing has got to end"; "it is a remarkable thing")
       => situation, state of affairs -- (the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time; "the present international situation is dangerous"; "wondered how such a state of affairs had come about"; "eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation"- Franklin D.Roosevelt)

Sense 2
thing -- (an action; "how could you do such a thing?")
       => action -- (something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions")

Sense 3
thing -- (a special abstraction; "a thing of the spirit"; "things of the heart")
       => abstraction, abstract -- (a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance; "he loved her only in the abstract--not in person")

Sense 4
thing -- (an artifact; "how does this thing work?")
       => artifact, artefact -- (a man-made object taken as a whole)

Sense 5
thing -- (an event; "a funny thing happened on the way to the...")
       => happening, occurrence, occurrent, natural event -- (an event that happens)

Sense 6
matter, affair, thing -- (a vaguely specified concern; "several matters to attend to"; "it is none of your affair"; "things are going well")
       => concern -- (something that interests you because it is important or affects you; "the safety of the ship is the captain's concern")

Sense 7
thing -- (a statement regarded as an object; "to say the same thing in other terms"; "how can you say such a thing?")
       => statement -- (a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc; "according to his statement he was in London on that day")

Sense 8
thing -- (an entity that is not named specifically; "I couldn't tell what the thing was")
       => entity -- (that which is perceived or known or inferred to have its own distinct existence (living or nonliving))

Sense 9
thing -- (any attribute or quality considered as having its own existence; "the thing I like about her is ...")
       => attribute -- (an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity)

Sense 10
thing -- (a special objective; "the thing is to stay in bounds")
       => aim, object, objective, target -- (the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable); "the sole object of her trip was to see her children")

Sense 11
thing -- (a persistent illogical feeling of desire or aversion; "he has a thing about seafood"; "she has a thing about him")
       => feeling -- (the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual")

Sense 12
thing -- (a separate and self-contained entity)
       => physical entity -- (an entity that has physical existence)

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