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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  This \This\ ([th][i^]s), pron. & a.; pl. These ([th][=e]z).
     [OE. this, thes, AS. [eth][=e]s, masc., [eth]e['o]s, fem.,
     [eth]is, neut.; akin to OS. these, D. deze, G. dieser, OHG.
     diser, deser, Icel. [thorn]essi; originally from the definite
     article + a particle -se, -si; cf. Goth. sai behold. See
     The, That, and cf. These, Those.]
     1. As a demonstrative pronoun, this denotes something that is
        present or near in place or time, or something just
        mentioned, or that is just about to be mentioned.
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              When they heard this, they were pricked in their
              heart.                                --Acts ii. 37.
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              But know this, that if the good man of the house had
              known in what watch the thief would come, he would
              have watched.                         --Matt. xxiv.
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     2. As an adjective, this has the same demonstrative force as
        the pronoun, but is followed by a noun; as, this book;
        this way to town.
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     Note: This may be used as opposed or correlative to that, and
           sometimes as opposed to other or to a second this. See
           the Note under That, 1.
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                 This way and that wavering sails they bend.
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                 A body of this or that denomination is produced.
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                 Their judgment in this we may not, and in that we
                 need not, follow.                  --Hooker.
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                 Consider the arguments which the author had to
                 write this, or to design the other, before you
                 arraign him.                       --Dryden.
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                 Thy crimes . . . soon by this or this will end.
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     Note: This, like a, every, that, etc., may refer to a number,
           as of years, persons, etc., taken collectively or as a
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                 This twenty years have I been with thee.. --Gen.
                                                    xxxi. 38.
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                 I have not wept this years; but now
                 My mother comes afresh into my eyes. --Dryden.
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