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adverb \ˈhwer, ˈwer, (ˌ)(h)wər\

Simple Definition of where

  • : at or in what place

  • : to what place

  • : when or at what point

Full Definition of where

  1. 1 a :  at, in, or to what place <where is the house> <where are we going> b :  at, in, or to what situation, position, direction, circumstances, or respect <where does this plan lead> <where am I wrong>

  2. 2 archaic :  here, there <lo, where it comes again — Shakespeare>

Examples of where

  1. Where did you meet her?

  2. Where did you hear that?

  3. Where can I find books about gardening?

  4. I don't know where that came from.

  5. Where is she taking us?

  6. Do you know where we're going?

  7. Where does the story get interesting?

  8. Where do the two candidates disagree on the issue?

Origin of where

Middle English, from Old English hwǣr; akin to Old High German hwār where, Old English hwā who — more at who

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of where

  • : at or in the place that

  • : to or in what place

  • : the place that

Full Definition of where

  1. 1 a :  at, in, or to what place <knows where the house is> b :  at, in, or to what situation, position, direction, circumstances, or respect <shows where the plan leads> c :  the place or point at, in, or to which <couldn't see from where he was sitting> <kept that horse and gentled him to where I finally rode him — William Faulkner>

  2. 2 :  wherever <goes where she likes>

  3. 3 a :  at, in, or to which place <the town where she lives> b :  at or in which <has reached the size where traffic is a problem> <two fireplaces where you can bake bread in the ovens — Randall Jarrell>

  4. 4 a :  at, in, or to the place at, in, or to which <stay where you are> <send him away where he'll forget> b :  in a case, situation, or respect in which <outstanding where endurance is called for>

  5. 5 :  that <I've read where they do it that way in some Middle Eastern countries — Andy Rooney>

Examples of where

  1. Please stay where you are.

  2. We sat down where there was some shade.

  3. He put the note where she could easily see it.

  4. He doesn't know where he is going.

  5. It doesn't matter to me where we eat.

  6. We could see the players very clearly from where we sat.

  7. I know where their house is.

  8. The town where we live is having an arts and crafts fair.

  9. This is the room where the children sleep.

  10. The store where we shop is closing.

12th Century

First Known Use of where

12th century



noun \ˈhwer, ˈwer\

Definition of where

  1. 1 :  place, location <the where and the how of the accident>

  2. 2 :  what place, source, or cause <I know where that comes from>

where it's at
  1. 1 a :  a place of central interest or activity b :  something (as a topic or field of interest) of primary concern or importance <education is where it's at>

  2. 2 :  the true nature of things

where one is at
  1. :  one's true position, state, or nature

Examples of where

  1. <we've decided on the when, but we still haven't resolved the where for the party>

15th Century

First Known Use of where

15th century

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