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Meaning of YOU

Pronunciation:  yoo

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\You\ ([=u]), pron. [Possess. {Your} ([=u]r) or {Yours}
([=u]rz); dat. & obj. {You}.] [OE. you, eou, eow, dat. &
acc., AS. e['o]w, used as dat. & acc. of ge, g[=e], ye; akin
to OFries. iu, io, D. u, G. euch, OHG. iu, dat., iuwih, acc.,
Icel. y[eth]r, dat. & acc., Goth. izwis; of uncertain origin.
[root]189. Cf. {Your}.]
The pronoun of the second person, in the nominative, dative,
and objective case, indicating the person or persons
addressed. See the Note under {Ye}.

      Ye go to Canterbury; God you speed.      --Chaucer.

      Good sir, I do in friendship counsel you To leave this
      place.                                   --Shak.

      In vain you tell your parting lover You wish fair winds
      may waft him over.                       --Prior.

Note: Though you is properly a plural, it is in all ordinary
      discourse used also in addressing a single person, yet
      properly always with a plural verb. ``Are you he that
      hangs the verses on the trees, wherein Rosalind is so
      admired ?'' --Shak. You and your are sometimes used
      indefinitely, like we, they, one, to express persons
      not specified. ``The looks at a distance like a
      new-plowed land; but as you come near it, you see
      nothing but a long heap of heavy, disjointed clods.''
      --Addison. ``Your medalist and critic are much nearer
      related than the world imagine.'' --Addison. ``It is
      always pleasant to be forced to do what you wish to do,
      but what, until pressed, you dare not attempt.''
      --Hook. You is often used reflexively for yourself of
      yourselves. ``Your highness shall repose you at the
      tower.'' --Shak.

 

 

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