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where

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adverb \ ˈhwer , ˈwer , (ˌ)(h)wər \

Definition of where

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

Examples of where in a Sentence

  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?

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Origin and Etymology of where

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

where Synonyms

Synonyms
whereabouts (also whereabout), whither
Related Words
wherever
Near Antonyms
whence

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where

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conjunction \ ˈhwer , ˈwer , (ˌ)(h)wər \

Definition of where

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

Examples of where in a Sentence

  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.

First Known Use of where

12th century


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where

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noun \ ˈhwer , ˈwer \

Definition of where

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
1 a :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

Examples of where in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of where

15th century


WHERE Defined for English Language Learners

where

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adverb

Definition of where for English Language Learners

  • : at or in what place

  • : to what place

  • : when or at what point


where

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conjunction

Definition of where for English Language Learners

  • : at or in the place that

  • : to or in what place

  • : the place that


WHERE Defined for Kids

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where

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adverb \ ˈhwer , ˈwer \

Definition of where for Students

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?

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where

conjunction

Definition of where for Students

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

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where

noun

Definition of where for Students

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


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