adj. The possessive form of he1.
Used as a modifier before a noun: his boots; his plans.
pron. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
Used to indicate the one or ones belonging to him: If you can't find your hat, take his.
[Middle English, from Old English; see ko- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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