What does when mean?

Definitions for whenʰwɛn, wɛn; unstressed ʰwən, wən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word when.


  1. when(Noun)

    The time.

    A good article will cover the who, the what, the when, the where, the why and the how.

  2. when(Adverb)


    When will they arrive?

  3. when(Adverb)


    When will they arrive?

  4. when(Pronoun)

    What time; which time

    Since when do I need your permission?

  5. when(Conjunction)

    At what time.

    They were told when to sleep.

  6. when(Conjunction)

    At such time as.

    Iu2019m happiest when Iu2019m working.

  7. when(Conjunction)

    As soon as.

    Iu2019ll do it when I get the time.

  8. when(Conjunction)

    At a time in the past,

    It was raining when I came yesterday.

  9. when(Interjection)

    That's enough,

  10. Origin: From when, whan, from hwenne, hwænne, hwonne, from hwannē, from kʷo-. Cognate with wanneer, wann, wenn, 03480330033D, quando. More at who.

Webster Dictionary

  1. When(adverb)

    at what time; -- used interrogatively

  2. When(adverb)

    at what time; at, during, or after the time that; at or just after, the moment that; -- used relatively

  3. When(adverb)

    while; whereas; although; -- used in the manner of a conjunction to introduce a dependent adverbial sentence or clause, having a causal, conditional, or adversative relation to the principal proposition; as, he chose to turn highwayman when he might have continued an honest man; he removed the tree when it was the best in the grounds

  4. When(adverb)

    which time; then; -- used elliptically as a noun

  5. Origin: [OE. when, whan, whenne, whanne, AS. hwnne, hwanne, hwonne; akin to OS. hwan, OD. wan, OHG. wanne, G. wann when, wenn if, when, Goth. hwan when, and to E. who. . See Who.]


  1. When

    "When" is a song by Canadian singer Shania Twain. It was the second UK release from her 1997 album Come on Over. The song was written by Mutt Lange and Shania Twain. The song was originally released in the summer of 1998. It was the only one of the twelve singles from Come on Over not released to the United States. It was released to Canada however, as a pop single in February 2000. The song was included in the Come on Over Tour and in a medley for the Up! Tour. "When" is also the theme song for the Japanese drama Cheap Love.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. When

    hwen, adv. and conj. at what time? at which time: at or after the time that: while.—interj. (Shak.) an exclamation of impatience, like what!conj. When′as (Shak.), when: whereas.—adv. and conj. Whence (also From whence), from what place: from which things: wherefore.—adv. Whenceforth′ (Spens.), whence.—conjs. Whencesoev′er, from what place, cause, or source soever; Whenev′er, Whene'er′, at every time when; Whensoev′er, at what time soever: whenever. [A.S. hwænne, hwonne (Ger. wann, wenn); orig. accus. of interrog. pron. hwá, who.]

Suggested Resources

  1. WHEN

    What does WHEN stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the WHEN acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'when' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #63

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'when' in Written Corpus Frequency: #77

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'when' in Adverbs Frequency: #34


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of when in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of when in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Images & Illustrations of when

  1. whenwhenwhen

Translations for when

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for when »


Find a translation for the when definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these when definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"when." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 23 Mar. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/when>.

Are we missing a good definition for when? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for when:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.