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Definition of there

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : in or at that place stand over there often used interjectionally
2 : to or into that place : thither went there after church
3 : at that point or stage stop right there before you say something you'll regret
4 : in that matter, respect, or relation there is where I disagree with you
5 used interjectionally to express satisfaction, approval, encouragement or sympathy, or defiancethere, it's finished


\ ˈt͟her How to pronounce there (audio) , sense 1 is also t͟hər \

Definition of there (Entry 2 of 4)

1 used as a function word to introduce a sentence or clausethere shall come a time
2 used as an indefinite substitute for a namehi there


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Definition of there (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : that place or position there is no here and no there … in pure space— James Ward
2 : that point you take it from there


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Definition of there (Entry 4 of 4)

1 used for emphasis especially after a demonstrative pronoun or a noun modified by a demonstrative adjectivethose men there can tell you
2 nonstandard used for emphasis after a demonstrative adjective but before the noun modifiedI bet I cussed that there blamed mule five hundred times— Elizabeth M. Roberts
3 : capable of being relied on for support or aid she is always there for him
4 : fully conscious, rational, or aware not all there

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There vs. They're vs. Their

There, they're, and their: they sound the same but have different meanings and keeping them straight can be very tricky.

We'll start with there. It has the word here in it, which can help remind us that this particular word is often about location:

There it is.

Put it there.

Stay there.

We'll be there soon.

It's about location in the more abstract sense too:

There you go.

There is where we disagree.

Friends who are always there for you.

It's also the one to use as the first word in sentences that have the subject after the verb:

There goes the bus.

And it's the one used with is and are at the beginning of sentences and questions:

There are plenty available.

Is there a hotel in the town?

The other two are trickier because they both have the idea of the plural in them. Both are connected to the idea of "them."

They're means "they are":

They're (=they are) funny people.

They're (=they are) the cutest puppies ever.

It can be used of non-living things too:

They're (=they are) both really good books.

They're (=they are) two of our biggest problems.

The last of this trio, their, is the possessive form of they, so it has to do with what belongs to, relates to, or is made or done by certain people, animals, or things:

It's their house.

We're their neighbors.

The trees are losing their leaves.

And there you go. They're not an easy group of words, but with practice we know you can master their distinctions.

Examples of there in a Sentence

Adverb There are both justifiable reticence and understandable self-censorship in this book. — Paul Lakeland, Commonweal, 24 Feb. 2006 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 … 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 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 Put the package there on the table. Go to your room and stay there. Turn there at the church. She was sitting there a minute ago. They have lived there for 30 years. When will you be there? I used to live near there. What do you see out there? If we leave now, we should get there by noon. I drove the kids there. Noun I'll get everything ready, and you take it from there. Adjective She is there to answer any questions you might have.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Based on this rough calculation, the 737 would burn 59% of the fuel that the SUVs use and would get there in 5.6 hours instead of 42. John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: Are weight and balance issues more of a factor on smaller planes?," 22 Oct. 2020 Several babies from my wife’s side as well as my own were there. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Mother confronts distant relative who changed kid’s diaper without asking," 22 Oct. 2020 The movie is a new take on the story from the books, but the intensity from the books is really there. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "After We Collided stars on the sequel's 'untraditional love triangle' and 'toxic relationship'," 22 Oct. 2020 There are a handful of viewing points there, too, including one just above the falls that provides access to the river, and a paved, accessible one a short distance from the parking lot. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tahquamenon Falls, Michigan's biggest, is worth a detour in the U.P.," 22 Oct. 2020 There’s just something about that zip that shouts complacency, isn’t there? Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Are Polo-Neck Sweaters Stylish or Stodgy? Depends How Old You Are," 22 Oct. 2020 But Dawe was still determined to eventually get to his dream position at defensive end and was able to drop the weight again at the end of last year to get there. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Zac Dawe has become a high-impact player for BYU’s defense, but it was a long road to get here," 21 Oct. 2020 Her wish came true in October, when the school reopened its doors to students who hadn't been there in more than 200 days. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, "He felt at home at a school for deaf kids. Then came the pandemic — and online learning," 21 Oct. 2020 But good coffee is, almost, secondary to the journey to get there. Washington Post, "How to make an excellent coffee pour-over and start your day right," 20 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The triangular camp – a parking lot among two other parking lots, train tracks and in the shadow of grain silos next to the Steel Bridge -- is paved, something that the handful of people who live there year-round and run the community gush about. Molly Harbarger,, "Right 2 Dream Too, homeless 'rest stop,' opens to public at new spot," 10 July 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'there.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of there


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


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


1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for there

Adverb, Pronoun, Noun, and Adjective

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

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Time Traveler for there

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

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24 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“There.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce there (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of there

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


How to pronounce there (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of there (Entry 2 of 3)

: that place
: that point


How to pronounce there (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of there (Entry 3 of 3)

: capable of being relied on for support or help


\ ˈt͟her How to pronounce there (audio) \

Kids Definition of there

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : in or at that place Stand over there.
2 : to or into that place Take the basket there and leave it.
3 : in that situation or way There I disagree with you.
4 used to show satisfaction, soothing, or defianceThere, there, it's all right.So there!
5 used to attract attentionThere, look at that!



Kids Definition of there (Entry 2 of 3)

used to introduce a sentence in which the subject comes after the verbThere is a person outside.



Kids Definition of there (Entry 3 of 3)

: that place Get away from there.

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