What does there mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term there:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. there(adverb)

    a location other than here; that place

    "you can take it from there"

  2. there, at that place, in that location(adverb)

    in or at that place

    "they have lived there for years"; "it's not there"; "that man there"

  3. there, in that respect, on that point(adverb)

    in that matter

    "I agree with you there"

  4. there, thither(adverb)

    to or toward that place; away from the speaker

    "go there around noon!"


  1. there(Noun)

    That place.

  2. there(Noun)

    That status; that position.

    You get it ready; I'll take it from there.

  3. there(Adverb)

    In a place or location (stated, implied or otherwise indicated) at some distance from the speaker (compare here).

  4. there(Adverb)

    In that matter, relation, etc.; at that point, stage, etc., regarded as a distinct place.

  5. there(Adverb)

    To or into that place; thither.

  6. there(Adverb)

    Where, there where, in which place.

  7. there(Adverb)

    In existence or in this world; see pronoun section below.

  8. there(Pronoun)


    therefor, thereat, thereunder

  9. Origin: From ther, from þær, from þar, from tar-, from demonstrative pronominal base to- + adverbial suffix -r.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. There(adv.)

    If they come to sojourn at my house,
    I’ll not be there. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Exil’d by thee from earth to deepest hell,
    In brazen bonds shall barb’rous discord dwell;
    Gigantick pride, pale terror, gloomy care,
    And mad ambition shall attend her there. Alexander Pope.

    To see thee fight, to see thee traverse, to see thee here, to see thee there. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    Could their relishes be as different there as they are here, yet the manna in heaven will suit every palate. John Locke.

    Darkness there might well seem twilight here. John Milton.

    Your fury hardens me.
    A guard there; seize her. John Dryden, Aurengzebe.

    For reformation of errour there were that thought it a part of Christian charity to instruct them. Richard Hooker.

    There cannot in nature be a strength so great, as to make the least moveable to pass in an instant, or all together, through the least place. Kenelm Digby, on the Soul.

    There have been that have delivered themselves from their ills by their good fortune or virtue. John Suckling.

    In human actions there are no degrees described, but a latitude is indulged. Jeremy Taylor.

    Wherever there is sense or perception, there some idea is actually produced. John Locke.

  2. Origin: thar, Gothick; ðær , Saxon; daer, Dutch; der, Danish.

Webster Dictionary

  1. There

    in or at that place

  2. There

    in that matter, relation, etc.; at that point, stage, etc., regarded as a distinct place; as, he did not stop there, but continued his speech

  3. There

    to or into that place; thither


  1. There

    There is a 3D online virtual world created by Will Harvey and Jeffrey Ventrella. There Inc. was founded in the spring of 1998. Closed beta began in July 2001, with various stages of beta following, and ending with an October 2003 launch date. On March 9, 2010 - one week after the announcement of its closure on March 2, 2010 - There.com shut its doors to the public. On May 18, 2011, Michael Wilson announced that There.com will be re-opening, on the There.com homepage. All previous members will have access to their old avatars. On May 2, 2012, There reopened to the public.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. There

    thār, adv. in that place—opp. to Here, at that point—it is used to begin sentences when the subject comes after the verb.—interj. expressing certainty, alarm, &c., and in interjectional phrases equivalent to that, as 'There's a good boy.'—advs. Thereabout′ or -abouts′, about or near that place: near that number, quantity, or degree; Thereaft′er, after or according to that; There′among, among them; There′-anent′ (Scot.), concerning that matter; Thereat′, at that place or occurrence: on that account; There′away, from that place or direction, thence: in those parts, thereabout; Thereby′, by that means: in consequence of that; Therefor′, for that, this, or it; Therefore (thėr′fur), for that or this reason: consequently; Therefrom′, from that or this; Therein′, in that or this place, time, or thing; Thereinaft′er, later in the same document; Therein′to, into that place.—n. There′ness, the property of having relative situation or existence.—advs. Thereof′, of that or this; Thereon′, on that or this; Thereout′, out of that or this: outside; Therethrough′, through that, by that means; Thereto′, Thereun′to, to that or this; There′tofore, before that time; Thereun′der, under that; Thereupon′, upon or in consequence of that or this: immediately; Therewith′, with that or this, thereupon; There′withal, with that or this: at the same time, over and above. [A.S. ðær, ðer; conn. with the stem of the.]

Editors Contribution

  1. there

    To exist.

    There is a united purpose for all on planet earth which we all know in our soul, spirit and consciousness.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'there' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #45

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'there' in Written Corpus Frequency: #45

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'there' in Adverbs Frequency: #16

Anagrams for there »

  1. Ether, ether, Reeth, theer, three


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of there in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of there in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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