where

1 of 3

adverb

ˈ(h)wer How to pronounce where (audio)
(ˌ)(h)wər
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 againWilliam Shakespeare

where

2 of 3

conjunction

ˈ(h)wer How to pronounce where (audio)
(ˌ)(h)wər
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 himWilliam 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 ovensRandall 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 countriesAndy Rooney

where

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noun

1
: place, location
the where and the how of the accident
2
: what place, source, or cause
I know where that comes from
Phrases
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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
Money poured in from as far away as Singapore, Taiwan and Australia, according to a class-action lawsuit filed in July against Wells Fargo, where Beasley had an attorney trust account to hold and disburse client money. Lizzie Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Feb. 2023 Nonetheless, the Bengals will still need to build depth at certain positions and that’s where prospects from Saturday’s game have an opportunity to showcase their skills early ahead of the NFL Combine and/or their respective college pro days. Mohammad Ahmad, cleveland, 3 Feb. 2023 See all Example Sentences for where 

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Word History

Etymology

Adverb

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

First Known Use

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

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

Cite this Entry

“Where.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/where. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

where

1 of 3 adverb
(ˈ)hwe(ə)r How to pronounce where (audio)
(ˈ)hwa(ə)r,
(ˌ)hwər,
(ˈ)we(ə)r,
(ˈ)wa(ə)r,
(ˌ)wər
1
: at, in, or to what place
where are we going
2
: at, in, or to what situation, position, direction, or circumstances
where will this course of action lead

where

2 of 3 conjunction
1
a
: at, in, or to what place
knows where the house is
b
: at, in, or to what situation, position, direction, or circumstances
see where that behavior leads
2
: wherever entry 2 sense 1
sit where you please
3
: at, in, or to which place
the town where we live
4
a
: at, in, or to the place at, in, or to which
stay where you are
b
: in a situation or circumstances in which
no good where careful work is needed

where

3 of 3 noun
ˈhwe(ə)r How to pronounce where (audio)
ˈhwa(ə)r,
ˈwe(ə)r,
ˈwa(ə)r
: what place, source, or cause
where are you from

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