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U.S.

Noun

1 the executive and legislative and judicial branches of the federal government of the United States [syn: United States government, United States, U.S. government, US Government]
2 North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776 [syn: United States, United States of America, America, US, USA, U.S.A.]US n : North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776 [syn: United States, United States of America, America, U.S., USA, U.S.A.]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

ūs.

Pronunciation

Pronoun

  1. me and at least one other person; the objective case of we.
  2. me
    Give us a look at your paper.

Quotations

  • 1611 — King James Version of the Bible, Luke 1:1
    Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us...

Translations

objective case of "we"
  • Bislama: yumi, yumitupela (dual inclusive); yumitripela (trial inclusive); yumipela (plural inclusive); mitupela (dual exclusive); mitripela (trial exclusive); mipela (plural exclusive)
  • Dutch: ons
  • Ewe: míawo
  • French: (after preposition) nous, (indirect object) nous, (indirect object, emphatic) nous ... à nous, (indirect object with an imperative verb) nous, (direct object) nous, (direct object, emphatic) nous ... nous
    Examples:
    After preposition: It is for us - C'est pour nous
    Indirect object: She tells us her name - Elle nous dit son nom
    Indirect object, emphatic: She gives the book to us - Elle nous donne le livre à nous
    Indirect object with an imperative verb: Give it to us - Donnez-le-nous
    Direct object: She hates us - Elle nous déteste
    Direct object, emphatic: She loves us - Elle nous aime, nous
  • German: uns
  • Ido: ni
  • Italian: (after preposition) noi, (indirect object) ci, (indirect object, emphatic) a noi, (indirect object with an imperative verb) ci (attached to the end of the verb and becoming ce- when used along with a direct object; the c is doubled with some verbs), (direct object) ci, (direct object, emphatic) noi
    Examples:
    After preposition: It is for us - É per noi
    Indirect object: Maria tells us her name - Maria ci dice il suo nome
    Indirect object, emphatic: Maria gives the book to us - Maria dà il libro a noi
    Indirect object with an imperative verb, used without a direct object: Write to us - Scrivici; Tell us - Dicci
    Indirect object with an imperative verb, used with a direct object: Send it to us - Spediscicelo; Give it to us - Daccelo
    Direct object: Maria wants us - Maria ci vuole
    Direct object, emphatic: Maria wants us - Maria vuole noi
  • Japanese: watashitachi (私達)
  • Kurdish:
  • Norn: vus
  • Norwegian: oss
  • Old English: unc (‘us two’), ūs/ūsiċ (three or more)
  • Romanian: ne (unstressed dative and accusative), nouă (stressed dative), (pe) noi (stressed accusative)
  • Slovene: midva (‘us two’), midve (‘us two women’), mi (three or more), me (three or more women)
  • Spanish: nos, nosotros, nosotras
slang: me

See also

Determiner

  1. The speakers/writers, or the speaker/writer and at least one other person.
    It's not good enough for us teachers.

See also

Old English

Etymology

From < *, *nes. Cognate with Old Frisian ūs (West Frisian ús), Old Saxon ūs (Dutch ons), Old High German uns (German uns), Old Norse oss (Swedish oss), Gothic 𐌿𐌽𐍃. The IE root is also the source of Latin nos.

Pronunciation

  • /u:s/

Pronoun

  1. us: accusative or dative plural form of

Noun

us
  1. fly (insect)

West Frisian

Pronoun

  1. see ús

Extensive Definition

Us is a pronoun in the English language, the objective form of we.
US (capitalized) is an alternative of the abbreviation U.S., which generally refers to the United States of America.
US, U.S., Us, us or U/S, etc. may also refer to:

Travel

Football clubs

Albums

Songs

Schools

Universities

Uncle Sam

Contrary to popular belief at one time, "U.S." does not refer to the man "Uncle Sam" (Wilson) of Troy, NY. The U.S. stamp on barrels of meat once attributed to his name actually refers to the United States. This is speculated to be the origin of the national personification of the United States, which is "Uncle Sam".

Miscellaneous

  • us is often used to denote µs (microsecond) when the proper "µ" (micro sign) character or Greek "μ" (Mu) letter are both missing or cannot be easily entered
us in German: US
us in Esperanto: Us
us in French: US
us in Korean: US
us in Italian: US
us in Latin: US
us in Dutch: US
us in Japanese: US
us in Kölsch: US (Watt ėßß datt?)
us in Finnish: Us
us in Swedish: US
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