What does where mean?

Definitions for where
ʰwɛər, wɛərwhere

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Wiktionary

  1. where(Noun)

    The place in which something happens.

    Etymology: From wher, quher, from hwær, from hwar, from kʷo-. Cognate with quhare, wêr, waar, wo, hvor, hvar; related to hwa. More at who.

  2. where(Adverb)

    (used interrogatively, in either a direct or indirect question) At what place; to what place; what place.

    Etymology: From wher, quher, from hwær, from hwar, from kʷo-. Cognate with quhare, wêr, waar, wo, hvor, hvar; related to hwa. More at who.

  3. where(Adverb)

    In what situation.

    Where would we be without our parents?

    Etymology: From wher, quher, from hwær, from hwar, from kʷo-. Cognate with quhare, wêr, waar, wo, hvor, hvar; related to hwa. More at who.

  4. where(Pronoun)

    The place in which.

    He lives within five miles of where he was born.

    Etymology: From wher, quher, from hwær, from hwar, from kʷo-. Cognate with quhare, wêr, waar, wo, hvor, hvar; related to hwa. More at who.

  5. where(Conjunction)

    While on the contrary; although; whereas.

    Where Susy has trouble coloring inside the lines, Johnny has already mastered shading.

    Etymology: From wher, quher, from hwær, from hwar, from kʷo-. Cognate with quhare, wêr, waar, wo, hvor, hvar; related to hwa. More at who.

  6. where(Conjunction)

    At or in which place or situation.

    He is looking for a house where he can have a complete office.

    Etymology: From wher, quher, from hwær, from hwar, from kʷo-. Cognate with quhare, wêr, waar, wo, hvor, hvar; related to hwa. More at who.

  7. where(Conjunction)

    To which place or situation.

    The snowbirds travel where it is warm.

    Etymology: From wher, quher, from hwær, from hwar, from kʷo-. Cognate with quhare, wêr, waar, wo, hvor, hvar; related to hwa. More at who.

  8. where(Conjunction)

    Wherever.

    Their job is to go where they are called.

    Etymology: From wher, quher, from hwær, from hwar, from kʷo-. Cognate with quhare, wêr, waar, wo, hvor, hvar; related to hwa. More at who.

  9. where(Conjunction)

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Where

    whether

    Etymology: [See Whether.]

  2. Where(adverb)

    at or in what place; hence, in what situation, position, or circumstances; -- used interrogatively

    Etymology: [See Whether.]

  3. Where(adverb)

    at or in which place; at the place in which; hence, in the case or instance in which; -- used relatively

    Etymology: [See Whether.]

  4. Where(adverb)

    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.]

  5. Where

    whereas

    Etymology: [See Whether.]

  6. Where(noun)

    place; situation

    Etymology: [See Whether.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Where

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. where

    A specific known place or location.

    We always know where everything is.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 22, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'where' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #151

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'where' in Written Corpus Frequency: #111

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'where' in Adverbs Frequency: #21

How to pronounce where?

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

How to say where in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of where in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of where in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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