where

adverb
\ˈhwer, 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, 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, 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

how, wherein

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

Located on a sweeping bank where the River Tay flows into the North Sea, Dundee is a curious little town that balances its post-industrial history with a buzzing design scene. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "A Guide to Dundee, Scotland—the First City Outside London to Get Its Very Own V&A Museum," 14 July 2018 In the meantime the Bulls will be in the East, where a half-decent nucleus has a chance to do some things and make real progress without being smothered by teams full of All-NBA players every other night. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "Kevin Knox, Wendell Carter Jr., and Midsummer Hope for the Knicks and Bulls," 13 July 2018 It was known as the Allis Station Waiting Room, where workers from the nearby Allis-Chalmers Corp. and other Walker's Point factories would come and go by commuter rail. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Model railroad club still operates in a historic train station hiding in plain sight in the Harbor District," 13 July 2018 The answer is the PGA Champions Tour where the players still draw crowds and the events still get shown on pretty large television platforms. Jamie Samuelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Jamie: Could Big3 basketball league happen in other sports?," 13 July 2018 Harris got his start in coaching alongside Rod Thompson as both an assistant at Booker T. Washington High in Tulsa, Okla., where Bryce currently plays, and on Oklahoma Run PWP, an AAU team that the elder Thompson helped start. Alex Schiffer, kansascity, "This prospect has a Mizzou connection, but his dad played for KU’s Bill Self," 12 July 2018 That’s one area where the Mormon church really succeeds, Cox and Peterson agreed, with missions for young members and youth-focused seminary classes and wards. Nicole Blanchard, idahostatesman, "‘The Mormon exception’: Idaho’s largest religion bucks trends affecting Christianity," 12 July 2018 Gilead is where people keep their loneliness, so often caused by fear, close to the chest. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "What two fictional Gileads can teach us about America in 2018," 12 July 2018 About four billion years ago, when the planet Earth was still in its infancy, the axis of a black hole about one billion times more massive than the sun happened to be pointing right to where our planet was going to be on September 22, 2017. Smithsonian, "Scientists Explain The Thrill of Detecting a Neutrino From a Far-Off Galaxy," 12 July 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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More Definitions for where

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, 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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