the – meaning of the

definite article
    1. (used, especially before a noun, with a specifying or particularizing effect, as opposed to the indefinite or generalizing force of the indefinite article a or an):the book you gave me; Come into the house.
    2. (used to mark a proper noun, natural phenomenon, ship, building, time, point of the compass, branch of endeavor, or field of study as something well-known or unique):the sun; the Alps; the Queen Elizabeth; the past; the West.
    3. (used with or as part of a title):the Duke of Wellington; the Reverend John Smith.
      1. >used before nouns to refer to particular things or people that have already been talked about or are already known or that are in a situation where it is clear what is happening:
        I just bought a new shirt and some new shoes. The shirt was pretty expensive, but the shoes weren’;t.
        Please would you pass the salt.
        I;ll pick you up at the airport.
    1. >used before some nouns that refer to place when you want to mention that type of place, without showing exactly which example of the place you mean:>We spent all day at the beach.
      Let’;s go to the movies this evening.
      I have to go to the bank and get some Euros.