item i‧tem [ˈaɪtəm] noun [countable]
1. a single thing, especially something that is for sale:

• The CD used to be considered a luxury item.

• stores selling non-food items

2. ACCOUNTING a piece of information written in a set of accounts:

• Carry costs can include such items as insurance and storage.

extraˌordinary ˈitem also exˌceptional ˈitem ACCOUNTING
an amount in a set of accounts that is unlikely to be repeated, for example an amount relating to the sale of assets. Extraordinary items are not included when calculating operating profit:

• Profit before extraordinary items totaled £10.6 million.

3. one of the subjects that is to be discussed in a meeting, written on a list called an agenda:

• What's the first item on the agenda?

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item UK US /ˈaɪtəm/ noun [C]
COMMERCE a single object, especially one that is for sale or is bought: »

buy/purchase/select an item


The business sells items made from recycled waste products.


order/collect/return an item

food/household/fashion item »

Supermarkets offer a wide range of food and household items.

commodity/consumer item »

Manufacturing commodity items is increasingly competitive.


expensive/valuable/luxury item


item of equipment/clothing/furniture


Radios with wooden cabinets have become collector's items.

individual/particular/specific item »

Sometimes customers who like a particular item of clothing will ask for it at more than one branch of the same store.

MEETINGS one of several points on an official list of things to be discussed at a meeting: »

Please let me have any items for the agenda by 4 pm today.


Although fixed agenda items had been agreed at the last round of talks, members obviously had their own objectives.

an item on the agenda »

Item 2 on the agenda is the Treasurer's report.

one of several things to be considered, to do, or to choose from: an item on the/sb's agenda »

The main item on my agenda for today is writing my month-end reports.

menu/list item »

The program allows the user to remove or add menu items.


The website has links to all the day's main news items.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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