What Does 'Thee' Mean?


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Liam Sheasby Profile
Liam Sheasby answered
Simply put, the word, "thee" means "you"; in other words, if you read a sentence that begins with, "I love thee", the author is really saying, "I love you". This poetic, old-world version of the word "you" appears in many works of literature from the medieval and Elizabethan ages; it is also commonly used in old and new works of poetry. Viewed as romantic and Shakespearean (although William Shakespeare tended to use the word "thou", rather than "thee"), the word "thee" is a quaint and old-fashioned way of saying the word, "you". One famous example of usage of the word "thee" appears in the tragic story of the sinking of the Titanic; according to legend, the ship's band continued to play the song, "Nearer My God To Thee) for as long as they could, in order to comfort the doomed passengers of the stricken vessel; this song title is another way of saying, "Nearer, My God, To You".

The word "thee" is not is common usage today, and it has not been a popular word for many decades; in fact, using the word "thee" for "you" in modern, everyday speech would seem too flowery, affected and pretentious. Usually, the word "thee" is only spoken in plays, films, or television programs set in other centuries. In those situations, the usage of the word "thee" is entirely natural and appropriate. Since the word "you" is one of the most-used words in the English language, it's safe to say that the word "thee" was also uttered constantly during other eras. Now, the word is simply a pretty reminder of a more courtly time.

The word "thee" may also appear in certain translation of the Bible's Old and New Testaments; often, the word is used to denote the singular; the words thou and ye were chosen to denote the plural and subject forms.
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Vikash Swaroop answered
The word 'thee' is used as a pronoun and the meaning that you can figure out from the use of this word is 'you'. The word has another peculiarity about itself and you can use it only when you are talking to only one person and the person should be the object of the verb.

Though the word exists but these days seldom can you find a person using it as it is considered as of old use; you is the word that is used by people in modern day English. If somebody is using the word in modern day English, it is hardly used in prose and only poets have the quality to use these archaic words for the sake of better effect or sometimes to create musical effect.
thanked the writer.
Anonymous commented
I hear people say: "This is thee restaurant for you. You will love it. You have to go." or "You are thee only one for me."
Sounds like today, it is used more often to emphasize something as being the only one.
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Anonymous answered
To expand a little further on the other answers, the word 'thee' is not interchangeable with the word 'thou'. Thou is always used for the subject of a sentence, whereas thee is used for the direct and indirect object. Examples:

Thou art my true friend (Thou is the subject)

Therefore I give thee my pledge to love thee forever.
(Thee is the indirect object of the verb 'give' and the direct object of the verb 'love').

You could not correctly swap thees for thous or vice versa, in these examples.

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Mia Teeliumtrozzle Profile
Thee means you.It is a very old word which is not used much anymore, but I think it's a nice word.The word 'thou' is a synonym for thee and also means you.Thine is another way of saying it but thine means 'yours.'
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b a answered
Thee is a pronoun and is the same as the word thou. It is a second person singular pronoun in English.
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Anonymous answered

You misunderstand, when they say that they are infact saying: THE, just 'the' with a strong emphasis on the vowel, whereas 'thee' is as stated here

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