\ ˈhir How to pronounce here (audio) \

Definition of here

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : in or at this place turn here often used interjectionally especially in answering a roll call
b : now here it's morning already
c : in an arbitrary location a book here, a paper there
2 : at or in this point, particular, or case here we agree
3 : in the present life or state : on earth
4 : to this place : hither come here
5 used interjectionally in rebuke or encouragement here now, that's enough
here goes
used interjectionally to express resolution or resignation especially at the beginning of a difficult or unpleasant undertaking
neither here nor there
: having no interest or relevance : of no consequence comfort is neither here nor there to a real sailor



Definition of here (Entry 2 of 3)

1 used for emphasis especially after a demonstrative pronoun or after a noun modified by a demonstrative adjective I like these herethis book here
2 nonstandard used for emphasis after a demonstrative adjective but before the noun modified this here book



Definition of here (Entry 3 of 3)

: this place Where do we go from here?

Examples of here in a Sentence

Adverb I'm here to help you. They have lived here for 30 years. “Hey, where are you?” “I'm over here.” I'm planning to be back here by 6:00. I've come here to help you. He rode his bicycle here this morning. When will you get here? Here the author introduces a new character. The speaker paused here for a moment. Here the film changes from black-and-white to color.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb See my explanation and exhortation at this link here. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 Leahy had been here at the border for 2 1/2 weeks, waiting for permission to go home. Michael E. Miller, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Sep. 2021 A year since the settlement was announced, here's where each reform stands: 1. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, 22 Sep. 2021 The industry’s bigness itself is the threat, and the national right, including the Texas state government, is here to fight it. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Sep. 2021 And being here means adapting to hypervigilance against the virus. Calvin Woodward, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2021 Without further ado, here are some of iOS 15's most notable new features. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 22 Sep. 2021 Amazon just kicked off a massive new sale — see all the best deals right here! Jacob Siegal, BGR, 21 Sep. 2021 There is a great deal to see here, and even more to think about. Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective One is here June 8 against Trinidad and Tobago, followed by a crucial match at Mexico on June 11. John Meyer, The Denver Post, 4 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Heres’s his response:, 13 July 2017

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First Known Use of here


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


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1605, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for here

Adverb, Adjective, and Noun

Middle English, from Old English hēr; akin to Old High German hier here, Old English he

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

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24 Sep 2021

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“Here.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of here

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in this place : at this location
: to or into this place
: at this point in a process, activity, story, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of here (Entry 3 of 2)

: this place
: this point


\ ˈhir How to pronounce here (audio) \

Kids Definition of here

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : in or at this place Stand here.
2 : at this time : happening now Summer is here at last.
3 : to or into this place : hither Come here.



Kids Definition of here (Entry 2 of 2)

: this place Get away from here.

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