What does where mean?

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


  1. where(Noun)

    The place in which something happens.

  2. where(Adverb)

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

  3. where(Adverb)

    In what situation.

    Where would we be without our parents?

  4. where(Pronoun)

    The place in which.

    He lives within five miles of where he was born.

  5. where(Conjunction)

    While on the contrary; although; whereas.

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

  6. where(Conjunction)

    At or in which place or situation.

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

  7. where(Conjunction)

    To which place or situation.

    The snowbirds travel where it is warm.

  8. where(Conjunction)


    Their job is to go where they are called.

  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.

  10. Origin: 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


  2. Where(adverb)

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

  3. Where(adverb)

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

  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?

  5. Where


  6. Where(noun)

    place; situation

  7. Origin: [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.

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


  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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