1

there

adverb \ ˈt͟her \

Definition of there

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 defiance
  • there, it's finished

Examples of there in a Sentence

  1. There are both justifiable reticence and understandable self-censorship in this book. —Paul LakelandCommonweal24 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 BlumenthalOAugust 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 KingSports Illustrated21 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 ArmstrongIt'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.

Recent Examples of there from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of there

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


2

there

pronoun \ ˈt͟her , sense 1 is also t͟hər \

Definition of there

1 used as a function word to introduce a sentence or clause
  • there shall come a time
2 used as an indefinite substitute for a name
  • hi there

Origin and Etymology of there

see 1there


3

there

noun \ ˈt͟her \

Definition of there

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

Examples of there in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of there

see 1there


4

there

adjective \ ˈt͟her \

Definition of there

1 used for emphasis especially after a demonstrative pronoun or a noun modified by a demonstrative adjective
  • those men there can tell you
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 : capable of being relied on for support or aid
  • she is always there for him
4 : fully conscious, rational, or aware
  • not all there

Examples of there in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of there from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of there

see 1there


THERE Defined for English Language Learners

there

adverb

Definition of there for English Language Learners

  • : in that place : at that location

  • : to or into that place

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


there

noun

Definition of there for English Language Learners

  • : that place

  • : that point


there

adjective

Definition of there for English Language Learners

  • : capable of being relied on for support or help


THERE Defined for Kids

1

there

adverb \ ˈt͟her \

Definition of there for Students

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 defiance
  • There, there, it's all right.
  • So there!
5 used to attract attention
  • There, look at that!

2

there

pronoun

Definition of there for Students

used to introduce a sentence in which the subject comes after the verb
  • There is a person outside.

3

there

noun

Definition of there for Students

: that place
  • Get away from there.


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