where

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

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

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

whereabouts (also whereabout), whither

Synonyms: Noun

emplacement, locale, locality, location, locus, place, point, position, site, spot, venue

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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

Always in style and incredibly hard-wearing, brick floors are a perennial favorite not just for patios, but in any indoor space where durability is key (think mudrooms, kitchens, and the like). Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "An Insanely Easy Way to Get an Antique Brick Floor," 13 Feb. 2019 Their presence confirms that the issue of the United States's role in averting climate disaster will be the defining platform position in two years, when America votes on a new president, especially where Democrats are concerned. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal Resolution Gets Support From the Major 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates," 7 Feb. 2019 Fourteen Ford Anglias were wrecked in the filming of the scene where Harry and Ron crashed into the Whomping Willow. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "33 Mind-Blowing "Harry Potter" Movie Facts That'll Make You Want to Watch Them All Over Again," 31 Jan. 2019 Don’t miss the cemetery, either, where the carvings atop each tombstone indicate that person’s station in life (a fez headdress was reserved for government officials, a turban for someone of the religious order, an anchor for a seaman, and so on). Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 And in the case of an asset sale where the company meaningfully changes its business — like a spinoff to a company in a different industry — there’s a chance the union could be dissolved altogether. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "As digital media companies brace for change, unions try to cushion the blow," 26 Dec. 2018 Most manufacturers of prefab homes set up building facilities in areas where materials and labor are cheaper, which lowers costs for the buyer. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "The Impressive Evolution Of Prefabricated Houses," 24 Dec. 2018 There was another scene that was shot, Lively says, where Walken’s and Wood’s characters were out in a boat. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of the Lost Sci-Fi Movie "Brainstorm," Natalie Wood’s Last Film," 21 Dec. 2018 The wine train in Napa Valley where the whole train is a club car! Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Traveler 25: A Very Opinionated, Totally Subjective List of Things We Loved About Travel This Year," 14 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The next step is to get a development agreement with the orchestra that will outline the where and what. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "The Banks concert venue: What's next," 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, "Colombia’s national survey of its biodiversity is ambitious," 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, "Rocket Mortgage blasts off with TV ads, product placement with 'Avengers: Infinity War'," 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, "Antoni Porowski Can Cook," 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, "A Celebrity Party Where Andy Warhol Would Have Fit Right In," 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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where

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of where

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: at or in what place
: to what place
: when or at what point

where

conjunction

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

: at or in the place that
: to or in what place
: the place that

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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