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1when

adverb \ˈhwen, ˈwen, (h)wən\

: at what time

: at, in, or during which

: at or during which time

Full Definition of WHEN

1
:  at what time <when will you return>
2
a :  at or during which time
b :  and then
3
:  at a former and usually less prosperous time <brag fondly of having known him when — Vance Packard>
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Examples of WHEN

  1. When did the American Civil War begin?
  2. The detective asked me when I last saw her.
  3. When is the next performance?
  4. It was a time when people didn't have to lock their doors.
  5. the happy days when we were together
  6. We're still waiting for the test results, when we'll decide our next move.

Origin of WHEN

Middle English, from Old English hwanne, hwenne; akin to Old High German hwanne when, Old English hwā who — more at who
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with WHEN

2when

conjunction

: at or during the time that

: just after the time that

: at any or every time that

Full Definition of WHEN

1
a :  at or during the time that :  while <went fishing when he was a boy>
b :  just at the moment that <stop writing when the bell rings>
c :  at any or every time that <when he listens to music, he falls asleep>
2
:  in the event that :  if <a contestant is disqualified when he disobeys the rules>
3
a :  considering that <why use water at all when you can drown in it — Stuart Chase>
b :  in spite of the fact that :  although <quit politics when I might have had a great career in it>
4
:  the time or occasion at or in which <tomorrow is when we must decide> <humor is when you laugh — Earl Rovit>

Examples of WHEN

  1. When he finally showed up, he was drunk.
  2. When I was in school, we didn't have computers.
  3. You can go when the bell rings.
  4. Call me when you get home.
  5. Things were better when he got a job.
  6. When he watches television, he falls asleep.
  7. She quit politics when she might have had a great career in it.

Origin of WHEN

Middle English, from Old English hwanne, hwenne, from hwanne, hwenne, adverb
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to WHEN

Synonyms
as, so long as, while, whilst [chiefly British]

3when

pronoun \ˈhwen, ˈwen\

: what or which time

Full Definition of WHEN

:  what or which time <life-long homes for those … who have lived here since when — Kim Waller>

Examples of WHEN

  1. He retired in 1998, since when he has been devoting his time to gardening.
  2. You need the report by when?

First Known Use of WHEN

14th century

4when

noun

Definition of WHEN

:  the time in which something is done or comes about <troubled his head very little about the hows and whens of life — Laurence Sterne>

First Known Use of WHEN

1616
WHEN Defined for Kids

1when

adverb \ˈhwen, ˈwen, hwən, wən\

Definition of WHEN for Kids

1
:  at what time <When did you leave?>
2
:  the time at which <I was not sure of when they'd come.>
3
:  at, in, or during which <It was hard to remember the time when they hadn't played that game … — Eleanor Estes, The Hundred Dresses>

2when

conjunction

Definition of WHEN for Kids

1
:  at, during, or just after the time that <She wants to leave when I do.>
2
:  in the event that :  if <When you have a question, raise your hand.>
3
:  although 1 <Why do you tease, when you know it's wrong?>
4
:  the time at which <Tomorrow is when we leave.>

3when

pronoun

Definition of WHEN for Kids

:  what or which time <Since when have you been an expert?>

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