(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. affair, matter, circumstance; deed, act, occurrence; entity, person; possession, belonging, chattel; item, object, detail, article. See substance.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [An object]
Syn. article, object, item, lifeless object, commodity, device, gadget, material object, conversation piece, being, entity, materiality, corporeality, body, person, something, anything, everything, element, substance, piece, shape, form, figure, configuration, creature, stuff, goods, matter, thingy*, thingamajig*, gizmo*, whatchamacallit*, doohickey*, thingamabob*; see also substance 2 .
2. [A circumstance]
Syn. matter, condition, situation; see circumstance 1 .
3. [An act]
Syn. deed, feat, movement; see action 2 .
4. [A characteristic]
Syn. quality, trait, attribute; see characteristic .
5. [An idea]
Syn. notion, opinion, impression; see thought 2 .
6. [A pitiable person]
Syn. wretch, poor person, sufferer, urchin; see patient , refugee , tramp 1 .
7. [Belongings; usually pl. ]
Syn. possessions, clothes, personals; see property 1 .
8. [Something so vague as to be nameless]
Syn. affair, matter, concern, business, occurrence, anything, everything, something, stuff, point, information, subject, idea, question, indication, intimation, contrivance, word, name, shape, form, entity.
9. [Something to be done]
Syn. task, obligation, duty; see job 2 .
do one's own thing*,
Syn. live according to one's own principles, do what one likes, live fully; see enjoy oneself .
see things,
Syn. have delusions, misperceive, suffer from hallucinations; see mistake .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. article object, item, subject, element, substance, matter, entity, it, body, being, creature, organism.
2. thingamajig gadget, device, contrivance, *doohickey, *thingamabob, contraption, apparatus, gizmo, widget, mechanism, *whatchamacallit, *dingus, *whatsit.
3. deed act, event, happening, action, feat, performance, accomplishment, exploit.
4. matter affair, circumstance, happening, situation.
5. see things
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. One that exists independently: being, entity, existence, existent, individual, object, something. See BE, THING. 2. Something having material existence: article, item, object. See THING. 3. A small specialized mechanical device: concern, contraption, contrivance, gadget, gimmick, jigger. Informal: doodad, doohickey, widget. Slang: gizmo. See MACHINE. 4. One's portable property. Often used in plural: belonging (often used in plural), effect (used in plural), good (used in plural), lares and penates, personal effects, personal property, possession (used in plural), property. Informal: stuff. Law: chattel, movable (often used in plural). See OWNED. 5. Things needed for a task, journey, or other purpose. Used in plural: accouterment (often used in plural), apparatus, equipment, gear, material (used in plural), materiel, outfit, paraphernalia, rig, tackle, turnout. See MEANS. 6. Something done: act, action, deed, doing, work. See DO. 7. Something to be done, considered, or dealt with: affair, business, matter. See THING. 8. Something that happens: circumstance, event, happening, incident, occasion, occurrence. See HAPPEN. 9. Something significant that happens: circumstance, development, episode, event, happening, incident, news, occasion, occurrence. See HAPPEN. 10. Informal. An irrational preoccupation: fetish, fixation, mania, obsession. See CONCERN. 11. Informal. The current custom: craze, fad, fashion, furor, mode, rage, style, trend, vogue. Idioms: the in thing, the last word, the latest thing. See STYLE, USUAL. 12. Slang. Something at which a person excels: forte, long suit, metier, specialty, strong point, strong suit. Slang: bag. See ABILITY.

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