The place in which something happens.
(used interrogatively, in either a direct or indirect question) At what place; to what place; what place.
In what situation.
Where would we be without our parents?
The place in which.
He lives within five miles of where he was born.
While on the contrary; although; whereas.
Where Susy has trouble coloring inside the lines, Johnny has already mastered shading.
At or in which place or situation.
He is looking for a house where he can have a complete office.
To which place or situation.
The snowbirds travel where it is warm.
Their job is to go where they are called.
In a position, case, etc., in which.
Where no provision under this Act is applicable, the case shall be decided in accordance with the customary pratices.
Etymology: From wher, quher, from hwær, from hwar, from kʷo-. Cognate with quhare, wêr, waar, wo, hvor, hvar; related to hwa. More at who.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: hwœr , Saxon; waer, Dutch.
She visited that place, where first she was so happy as to see the cause of her unhap. Philip Sidney.
God doth in publick prayer respect the solemnity of places, where his name should be called on amongst his people. Richard Hooker.
In every land we have a larger space,
Where we with green adorn our fairy bow’rs. Dryden.
In Lydia born,
Where plenteous harvests the fat fields adorn. Dryden.
Ah! where was Eloise? Alexander Pope.
Where I thought the remnant of mine age
Should have been cherish’d by her child-like duty,
I now am full resolv’d to take a wife. William Shakespeare.
Those subterraneous waters were universal, as a dissolution of the exterior earth could not be made any where but it would fall into waters. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.
He shall find no where safe to hide himself. Edmund Spenser.
Bid them farewel, Cordelia, though unkind:
Thou losest here, a better where to find. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.
at or in what place; hence, in what situation, position, or circumstances; -- used interrogatively
at or in which place; at the place in which; hence, in the case or instance in which; -- used relatively
to what or which place; hence, to what goal, result, or issue; whither; -- used interrogatively and relatively; as, where are you going?
Etymology: [See Whether.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
hwār, adv. and conj. at which place, at what place? to what place, to which place? (Shak.) whence, whereas: wherever.—n. (Shak.) situation, place.—adv. and conj. Whereabout′, about which, about where: near what?—also Where′abouts.—n. Where′abouts, one's present place.—conjs. Whereagainst′ (Shak.), against which; Whereas′, as or on account of which: since: when in fact: where.—advs. and conjs. Whereat′, at which: at what? Whereby′, by which; Where′fore, for which reason: for what reason? why?—n. the cause.—advs. and conjs. Wherefrom′, whence; Wherein′, in which respect: in what? Whereinsoev′er, in whatever place or respect; Whereinto (hwār-in′tōō, -in-tōō′), into what? into which.—n. Where′ness, state of having place or position.—advs. and conjs. Whereof′, of which: of what? Whereon′, on which: on what? Whereout′, out of which; Where′so, Wheresoe'er′, Wheresoev′er, in what place soever: (Shak.) whencesoever; Wherethrough′, through which; Whereto′, to which: to what? Whereun′der, under which; Whereuntil′ (Shak.), whereunto; Whereunto′, Whereun′to, whereto: for what purpose? Whereupon′, upon or in consequence of which; Where'er′, Wherev′er, at whatever place; Wherewith′, Wherewithal′, with which? with what.—Where away? (naut.), a query uttered by the officer of the deck as to the direction of an object sighted by the lookout.—The wherewith, wherewithal, means. [A.S. hwǽr, hwár; from stem of who. Cf. There.]
A specific known place or location.
We always know where everything is.
Submitted by MaryC on March 22, 2020
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Rank popularity for the word 'where' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #151
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Rank popularity for the word 'where' in Written Corpus Frequency: #111
Rank popularity for the word 'where' in Adverbs Frequency: #21
The numerical value of where in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of where in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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