where

adverb
\ ˈ(h)wer How to pronounce where (audio) , (ˌ)(h)wər \

Essential Meaning of where

1 : at or in what place Where are my keys? Where did you meet her? See More ExamplesWhere did you hear that? Where can I find books about gardening? Where are you from? I don't know where that came from.Hide
2 : to what place Where are we going? Where is she taking us? Do you know where we're going?
3 : when or at what point Where does the story get interesting?

Full Definition of where

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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 archaic : here, there lo, where it comes again— William Shakespeare

where

conjunction
\ ˈ(h)wer How to pronounce where (audio) , (ˌ)(h)wər \

Definition of where (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : 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 : wherever goes where she likes
3a : 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
4a : 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 : that I've read where they do it that way in some Middle Eastern countries— Andy Rooney

where

noun
\ ˈ(h)wer How to pronounce where (audio) \

Definition of where (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : place, location the where and the how of the accident
2 : what place, source, or cause I know where that comes from
where it's at
1a : a place of central interest or activity
b : something (such as a topic or field of interest) of primary concern or importance education is where it's at
2 : the true nature of things
where one is at
: one's true position, state, or nature

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Synonyms for where

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of where in a Sentence

Adverb Where did you meet her? Where did you hear that? Where can I find books about gardening? I don't know where that came from. Where is she taking us? Do you know where we're going? Where does the story get interesting? Where do the two candidates disagree on the issue? Conjunction Please stay where you are. We sat down where there was some shade. He put the note where she could easily see it. He doesn't know where he is going. It doesn't matter to me where we eat. We could see the players very clearly from where we sat. I know where their house is. The town where we live is having an arts and crafts fair. This is the room where the children sleep. The store where we shop is closing. Noun we've decided on the when, but we still haven't resolved the where for the party
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The federal government does not know where all of them are or which companies are responsible for them. Anna M. Phillips, Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2021 Another at-home COVID rapid test kit will soon be on the way to store shelves, welcome news in the Bay Area, where the tests have been hard to find. Aidin Vaziri, Shwanika Narayan, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Oct. 2021 TikTok is a powerful purchasing push for Gen Z because the creators seem authentic, as opposed to Instagram, where the goal is to post the most perfect looking selfie, said Hana Ben-Shabat, the founder of Gen Z Planet. Joseph Pisani, ajc, 14 Oct. 2021 In areas with good logistics where equipment, labor and materials are all plentiful, there may be little advantage to the ACES approach. David Hambling, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 Many of the episodes are, as usual, set at parties and events, and this season one of the hours takes place at a Future Freedom Summit, where the link between ATN and the choice of political nominees is overt. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Oct. 2021 Is the Ohio Republic Party really challenging a Democratic Ohio Supreme Court Justice on the gerrymandering case while Pat DeWine resists overwhelming pressure to get off the case where his father is a key player? Laura Johnston, cleveland, 14 Oct. 2021 Make sure to save your physical in-store receipts where there isn't a digital record available and check other retailers' return periods. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 14 Oct. 2021 In this episode, O’Connor set out to discover where that place is for musicians like Muna, Polartropica, Saturn Risin9 and Rett Madison. Jem Aswad, Variety, 14 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Because if not, then democracy in America is going down in a painful heap like a guy kneed in the you-know-where. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2021 Because one important lesson of life is the where and when of things. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, 16 June 2019 The plot is a little messy and undisciplined, throwing into the second act a few wait-where-did-that-come-from incidents that may have been lifted from the book, but are baffling in the play. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, 24 Aug. 2019 The next step is to get a development agreement with the orchestra that will outline the where and what. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, 20 June 2018 Being ankle deep in mud, on a narrow trail traversing a precipitous hillside that was sloping down who-knew-how-far-or-where, and then trying to collect a specimen hidden just out of reach behind a tangle of greenery, would fray anyone’s nerves. The Economist, 17 May 2018 Yes, that's Iron Man and Dr. Strange using their superpowers to help a young female consumer arrive safely at the home that has just been approved for a mortgage from you-know-where. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 2 Apr. 2018 The Fab Five pepper their subjects with compliments, I-know-where-you’re-coming-froms and hugs. Bonnie Wertheim, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2018 Given the academy’s loosey-goosey-where-did-the-money-go history, Mr. Colacello was wary at first. Jacob Bernstein, New York Times, 26 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of where

Adverb

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

Conjunction

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

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for where

Adverb

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

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

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16 Oct 2021

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“Where.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/where. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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where

adverb
\ ˈhwer How to pronounce where (audio) , ˈwer \

Kids Definition of where

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : at, in, or to what place Where are they?
2 : at or in what way or direction Where does this plan lead? Where am I wrong?

where

conjunction

Kids Definition of where (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : at, in, or to the place indicated Sit where the light's better.
2 : every place that They go where they want to.

where

noun

Kids Definition of where (Entry 3 of 3)

: what place, source, or cause I don't know where that came from.

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