What does why mean?

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ʰwaɪ, waɪwhy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. why, whereforenoun

    the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase `the whys and wherefores'

Wiktionary

  1. whynoun

    The reason.

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

  2. whyadverb

    For what cause, reason, or purpose.

    Why did you do that?

  3. whyconjunction

    The reason that.

    I don't know why he did that.

  4. whyinterjection

    Exclamation of mild surprise.

    Why, I think it would work fine!

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whyadverb

    for what cause, reason, or purpose; on what account; wherefore; -- used interrogatively. See the Note under What, pron., 1

    Etymology: [OE. whi, why, AS. hw, hw, instrumental case of hw, hwt; akin to Icel. hv why, Dan. & Sw. hvi; cf. Goth. hw. . See Who.]

  2. Whyadverb

    for which; on account of which; -- used relatively

    Etymology: [OE. whi, why, AS. hw, hw, instrumental case of hw, hwt; akin to Icel. hv why, Dan. & Sw. hvi; cf. Goth. hw. . See Who.]

  3. Whyadverb

    the reason or cause for which; that on account of which; on what account; as, I know not why he left town so suddenly; -- used as a compound relative

    Etymology: [OE. whi, why, AS. hw, hw, instrumental case of hw, hwt; akin to Icel. hv why, Dan. & Sw. hvi; cf. Goth. hw. . See Who.]

  4. Whynoun

    a young heifer

    Etymology: [OE. whi, why, AS. hw, hw, instrumental case of hw, hwt; akin to Icel. hv why, Dan. & Sw. hvi; cf. Goth. hw. . See Who.]

Freebase

  1. Why

    "Why" is the first solo single by the Scottish singer Annie Lennox, released in 1992. It was taken from her debut solo album Diva and reached no.5 in the United Kingdom and number thirty-four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The single also reached no.6 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart. The music video won Lennox an award for Best Female Video at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Why

    hwī, adv. and conj. for what cause or reason? on which account: wherefore.—interj. used us an expletive or exclamation.—n. Why′-not (obs.), a dilemma.—Why, so (Shak.), an expression of unwilling consent.—The cause why, The reason why, the reason why a thing is, or is to be done; The why and wherefore, the whole reason. [A.S. hwí, hwý, instrumental case of hwá, who.]

Editors Contribution

  1. why

    The reason.

    We knew why and it was accepted.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 20, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'why' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #193

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'why' in Written Corpus Frequency: #134

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'why' in Adverbs Frequency: #29

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of why in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of why in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of why in a Sentence

  1. Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein:

    You already know why we're here, i'm not going to waste any time telling you while we're here.

  2. Raj Dasgupta:

    There are chronic consequences, and there are acute consequences, which is why sleep is more than just saying,' The early bird gets the worm,' it's much more than that.

  3. Fionn Ferreira:

    That's why I built my own equipment.

  4. Marco Rubio:

    It's the reason why I warned about having Russia in the Middle East, i warned exactly, specifically, this could happen. That there could be an incident with Turkey, a NATO ally. That they could aggressively fly over their territory and be shot down.

  5. Julius Pyles:

    I asked why is this now an issue... and he said it's a rule, there's nothing he can do.

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