[ðeə] or [ðɛr]
(pron. & a.) The possessive case of the personal pronoun they; as, their houses; their country.
poss. adj. pron. of or belonging to them.
- He was undeniably a prosperous man, bore his drinking better than others bore their moderation, and, on the whole, flourished like the green bay-tree. George Eliot. Middlemarch.
- The Unquenchables had done their best to be worthy of the name, for like elves they had worked by night and conjured up a comical surprise. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- They mostly began to reign as old men, and their reigns were short, averaging less than two years each. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- People will pay as freely to gratify one passion as another, their resentment as their pride. Benjamin Franklin. Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin.
- These good people were absolutely ignorant that their land contained that which was quite as valuable as a gold-mine. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
- And the bulk of your fortune would be laid out in annuities on the authors or their heirs. Jane Austen. Sense and Sensibility.
- The energy which had at once supported him under his old sufferings and aggravated their sharpness, had been gradually restored to him. Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities.
- I quickened my pace, and, passing among them, wondering at their looks, went hurriedly in. Charles Dickens. David Copperfield.
- Nor has he--except for their one great gift to him. Thomas Hardy. The Return of the Native.
- I then signed to Mr. Peggotty to remain where he was, and emerged from their shade to speak to her. Charles Dickens. David Copperfield.
- Traders and other undertakers may, no doubt with great propriety, carry on a very considerable part of their projects with borrowed money. Adam Smith. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
- The exultation and joy of the Pickwickians knew no bounds, when their patience and assiduity, their washing and scraping, were crowned with success. Charles Dickens. The Pickwick Papers.
- At every court there were groups of ministers and secretaries who played a Machiavellian game against their foreign rivals. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- But in spite of their efforts to be as cheery as larks, the flutelike voices did not seem to chord as well as usual, and all felt out of tune. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- But though the Mongols were victorious at Liegnitz, they did not continue their drive westward. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- Rivers and pipes have their metres, so that now the velocity and volume of rivers and streams are measured and controlled, and floods prevented. William Henry Doolittle. Inventions in the Century.
- I had heard them, alone at the bedside, striking their boots with their riding-whips, and loitering up and down. Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities.
- In some sense, men had always used an inductive method in dealing with their immediate practical concerns. John Dewey. Democracy and Education.
- Their headquarters lay in the southwest corner of this district, near the crossing of two of the so-called Martian canals. Edgar Rice Burroughs. A Princess of Mars.
- Surely, I would say, all men do not wear those shocking nightcaps; else all women's illusions had been destroyed on the first night of their marriage! Harriette Wilson. The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson.
- He's good enough for the occasion: when the people have made up their mind as they are making it up now, they don't want a man--they only want a vote. George Eliot. Middlemarch.
- She turned to him with a triumphant smile and their hands clasped under her veil. Edith Wharton. The Age of Innocence.
- The marriages of either were discussed; and their prospects in life canvassed with the greatest frankness and interest on both sides. William Makepeace Thackeray. Vanity Fair.
- In childhood and youth, with their relative freedom from economic stress, this fact is naked and unconcealed. John Dewey. Democracy and Education.
- Much of their theory must seem to the modern mind merely fanciful and unsupported speculation. Walter Libby. An Introduction to the History of Science.
- It was all done in dumb show, the women danced their emotion in gesture and motion. D. H. Lawrence. Women in Love .
- You would compare them, I said, to those invalids who, having no self-restraint, will not leave off their habits of intemperance? Plato. The Republic.
- Her rich colour, her quick blood, her rapid breath, were all setting themselves against the opportunity of retracing their steps. Charles Dickens. Little Dorrit.
- For the easy expression of public opinion in government is a clue to what services are needed and a test of their success. Walter Lippmann. A Preface to Politics.
- The men engaged in the Mexican war were brave, and the officers of the regular army, from highest to lowest, were educated in their profession. Ulysses S. Grant. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.