\ ˈhir How to pronounce here (audio) \

Definition of here

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : in or at this place turn here often used interjectionally especially in answering a roll call
b : now here it's morning already
c : in an arbitrary location a book here, a paper there
2 : at or in this point, particular, or case here we agree
3 : in the present life or state : on earth
4 : to this place : hither come here
5 used interjectionally in rebuke or encouragementhere now, that's enough
here goes
used interjectionally to express resolution or resignation especially at the beginning of a difficult or unpleasant undertaking
neither here nor there
: having no interest or relevance : of no consequence comfort is neither here nor there to a real sailor

Definition of here (Entry 2 of 3)

1 used for emphasis especially after a demonstrative pronoun or after a noun modified by a demonstrative adjectiveI like these herethis book here
2 nonstandard used for emphasis after a demonstrative adjective but before the noun modifiedthis here book



Definition of here (Entry 3 of 3)

: this place Where do we go from here?

Examples of here in a Sentence

Adverb I'm here to help you. They have lived here for 30 years. “Hey, where are you?” “I'm over here.” I'm planning to be back here by 6:00. I've come here to help you. He rode his bicycle here this morning. When will you get here? Here the author introduces a new character. The speaker paused here for a moment. Here the film changes from black-and-white to color.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Here are five proposals that are more controversial but generating buzz. 1. Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News, "5 Outside-The-Box Ideas For Fixing The Individual Insurance Market," 30 Aug. 2017 Gasoline futures rise to two-year high as refineries shut WTI’s discount to global benchmark widens as crude trapped Here are four charts that show how Tropical Storm Harvey is affecting the oil market. Jessica Summers,, "Harvey's Impact on Oil Markets Shown Through Charts," 30 Aug. 2017 Background materials here are brick, wood and metal, with accents from the old iron equipment and beams still attached to ceilings and walls. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "Nike's 'innovation lull' is 'crippling' Finish Line, analyst says," 30 Aug. 2017 Here is where Kentucky's guys stand in late-summer mock NBA drafts: Center Nick Richards (first round, No. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "NBA mock drafts: Opinions vary on UK basketball's top NBA draft prospect," 30 Aug. 2017 Here's why that's not a great idea: Your annual gyno visit is an opportunity to go over way more than just your cervical cells. Korin Miller, SELF, "Pap Smear Guidelines: Here’s How Often You Actually Need a Pap Smear," 30 Aug. 2017 Sowing confusion and fear among some people here, more than two dozen Border Patrol agents from a special operations detachment in South Texas arrived in Houston with a dozen vessels to help with the emergency relief effort. Author: Simon Romero, Miriam Jordan, Alaska Dispatch News, "Despite reassurances, immigrants fear being arrested after Harvey," 30 Aug. 2017 Here is the dish on this local eatery, which opened in July and seats approximately 125 inside and 80 outside: On the menu: The oyster bar and kitchen is billed as the region's only raw bar. Jessi Virtusio, Post-Tribune, "Bartlett's Fish Camp features fresh raw oysters," 30 Aug. 2017 Information provided here is subject to Science's Privacy Policy. Carolyn Gramling, Science | AAAS, "Did tiny algae fell mighty dinosaurs?," 29 Aug. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective One is here June 8 against Trinidad and Tobago, followed by a crucial match at Mexico on June 11. John Meyer, The Denver Post, "Tim Howard returns from suspension hoping to stop slide of reeling Rapids," 4 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Heres’s his response:, "Are the Lords of Golf in the Tank with Trump?," 13 July 2017

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First Known Use of here


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1605, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for here

Adverb, Adjective, and Noun

Middle English, from Old English hēr; akin to Old High German hier here, Old English he

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The first known use of here was before the 12th century

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“Here.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of here

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in this place : at this location
: to or into this place
: at this point in a process, activity, story, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of here (Entry 2 of 2)

: this place
: this point


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Kids Definition of here

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : in or at this place Stand here.
2 : at this time : happening now Summer is here at last.
3 : to or into this place : hither Come here.



Kids Definition of here (Entry 2 of 2)

: this place Get away from here.

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