What does when mean?

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ʰwɛn, wɛn; unstressed ʰwən, wənwhen

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Wiktionary

  1. when(Noun)

    The time.

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

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

  2. when(Pronoun)

    What time; which time

    Since when do I need your permission?

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

  3. when(Conjunction)

    At what time.

    They were told when to sleep.

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

  4. when(Conjunction)

    At such time as.

    I'm happiest when I'm working.

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

  5. when(Conjunction)

    As soon as.

    I'll do it when I get the time.

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

  6. when(Conjunction)

    At a time in the past,

    It was raining when I came yesterday.

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

  7. when(Interjection)

    That's enough,

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

  8. when(Adverb)

    At what time? At which time? Upon which occasion or circumstance? Used to introduce direct or indirect questions about time.

    When are they coming over? When will they arrive? When did they arrive?

    Etymology: From Middle English when(ne), whan(ne), from Old English hwenne, hwænne, hwonne ("when") , from Proto-Germanic *hwan ("at what time, when") , from Proto-Indo-European *kʷis ("interrogative base") . Cognate with Dutch wanneer ("when") and wen ("when, if") , Low German wannehr ("when") , wann ("when") and wenn ("if, when") , German wann ("when") and wenn ("when, if") , Gothic

  9. when(Adverb)

    At an earlier time and under different, usually less favorable, circumstances.

    He's mister high and mighty now, but I remember him when.

    Etymology: From Middle English when(ne), whan(ne), from Old English hwenne, hwænne, hwonne ("when") , from Proto-Germanic *hwan ("at what time, when") , from Proto-Indo-European *kʷis ("interrogative base") . Cognate with Dutch wanneer ("when") and wen ("when, if") , Low German wannehr ("when") , wann ("when") and wenn ("if, when") , German wann ("when") and wenn ("when, if") , Gothic

  10. when(Adverb)

    At which, on which, during which: often omitted or replaced with that.

    That was the day when the Twin Towers fell.

    Etymology: From Middle English when(ne), whan(ne), from Old English hwenne, hwænne, hwonne ("when") , from Proto-Germanic *hwan ("at what time, when") , from Proto-Indo-European *kʷis ("interrogative base") . Cognate with Dutch wanneer ("when") and wen ("when, if") , Low German wannehr ("when") , wann ("when") and wenn ("if, when") , German wann ("when") and wenn ("when, if") , Gothic

Webster Dictionary

  1. When(adverb)

    at what time; -- used interrogatively

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. When(adverb)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  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

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. When(adverb)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. when

    At a specific known time.

    When the dance hall opened at the regular time of 22:00hrs they all had an amazing dance.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 24, 2020  

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  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

How to pronounce when?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say when in sign language?

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Numerology

  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

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