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adverb ther\

Simple Definition of there

  • : in that place : at that location

  • : to or into that place

  • : at that point in a process, activity, story, etc.

Full Definition of there

  1. 1 :  in or at that place <stand over there> —often used interjectionally

  2. 2 :  to or into that place :  thither <went there after church>

  3. 3 :  at that point or stage <stop right there before you say something you'll regret>

  4. 4 :  in that matter, respect, or relation <there is where I disagree with you>

  5. 5 —used interjectionally to express satisfaction, approval, encouragement or sympathy, or defiance <there, it's finished>

Examples of there

  1. There are both justifiable reticence and understandable self-censorship in this book. —Paul Lakeland, Commonweal, 24 Feb. 2006

  2. Although there's little data on toxin levels in this species, one small study in San Francisco showed mercury levels almost as high as in swordfish. —Amy Blumenthal, O, August 2004

  3. … the daily regimen included, among other things, 20-minute predawn runs and two-hour morning skates. There were also afternoon weightlifting and cardio sessions. —Kelley King, Sports Illustrated, 21 Jan. 2002

  4. Cancer was like that. It was like being run off the road by a truck, and I've got the scars to prove it. There's a puckered wound in my upper chest just above my heart, which is where the catheter was implanted. —Lance Armstrong, It's Not About the Bike, (2000) 2001

  5. Put the package there on the table.

  6. Go to your room and stay there.

  7. Turn there at the church.

  8. She was sitting there a minute ago.

  9. They have lived there for 30 years.

  10. When will you be there?

  11. I used to live near there.

  12. What do you see out there?

  13. If we leave now, we should get there by noon.

  14. I drove the kids there.

Origin of there

Middle English, from Old English thǣr; akin to Old High German dār there, Old English thæt that

First Known Use: before 12th century



pronoun ther, 1 is also thər\

Definition of there

  1. 1 —used as a function word to introduce a sentence or clause <there shall come a time>

  2. 2 —used as an indefinite substitute for a name <hi there>

Origin of there

(see 1there)

First Known Use: before 12th century



noun ther\

Simple Definition of there

  • : that place

  • : that point

Full Definition of there

  1. 1 :  that place or position <there is no here and no there…in pure space — James Ward>

  2. 2 :  that point <you take it from there>

Examples of there

  1. I'll get everything ready, and you take it from there.

Origin of there

(see 1there)

First Known Use: 1588



adjective ther\

Simple Definition of there

  • : capable of being relied on for support or help

Full Definition of there

  1. 1 —used for emphasis especially after a demonstrative pronoun or a noun modified by a demonstrative adjective <those men there can tell you>

  2. 2 nonstandard —used for emphasis after a demonstrative adjective but before the noun modified <I bet I cussed that there blamed mule five hundred times — Elizabeth M. Roberts>

  3. 3 :  capable of being relied on for support or aid <she is always there for him>

  4. 4 :  fully conscious, rational, or aware <not all there>

Examples of there

  1. She is there to answer any questions you might have.

Origin of there

(see 1there)

First Known Use: 1590

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