I. adverb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hwanne, hwenne; akin to Old High German hwanne when, Old English hwā who — more at who Date: before 12th century 1. at what time <
when will you return
2. a. at or during which time b. and then 3. at a former and usually less prosperous time <
brag fondly of having known him when — Vance Packard
II. conjunction Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hwanne, hwenne, from hwanne, hwenne, adverb Date: before 12th century 1. a. at or during the time that ; while <
went fishing when he was a boy
b. just at the moment that <
stop writing when the bell rings
c. at any or every time that <
when he listens to music, he falls asleep
2. in the event that ; if <
a contestant is disqualified when he disobeys the rules
3. a. considering that <
why use water at all when you can drown in it — Stuart Chase
b. in spite of the fact that ; although <
quit politics when I might have had a great career in it
4. the time or occasion at or in which <
tomorrow is when we must decide
humor is when you laugh — Earl Rovit
III. pronoun Date: 14th century what or which time <
life-long homes for those…who have lived here since when — Kim Waller
IV. noun Date: 1616 the time in which something is done or comes about <
troubled his head very little about the hows and whens of life — Laurence Sterne

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • When — When, adv. [OE. when, whan, whenne, whanne, AS. hw[ae]nne, hwanne, hwonne; akin to OS. hwan, OD. wan, OHG. wanne, G. wann when, wenn if, when, Goth. hwan when, and to E. who. ????. See {Who}.] [1913 Webster] 1. At what time; used interrogatively …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • When — may refer to:* When?, one of the Five Ws, questions used in journalism * WHEN, a sports radio station in Syracuse once affiliated with WTVH * WHEN, the former call letters of TV station WTVH in Syracuse, New York, U.S.In music: * When (1958 song) …   Wikipedia

  • When — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda «When» Sencillo de Shania Twain del álbum Come on Over Publicación 1 de junio de 1998 (Reino Unido) Formato Radio Single Maxi Single …   Wikipedia Español

  • when — /hwen, wen/; unstressed /hweuhn, weuhn/, adv. 1. at what time or period? how long ago? how soon?: When are they to arrive? When did the Roman Empire exist? 2. under what circumstances? upon what occasion?: When is a letter of condolence in order? …   Universalium

  • WHEN — Infobox Radio station name = WHEN city = Syracuse, New York area = branding = slogan = Sportsradio 620 airdate = frequency = 620 kHz format = Sports radio power = 5,000 watts (day) 1,000 watts (night) class = B facility id = 7080 coordinates =… …   Wikipedia

  • when — 1. conjunction /ʍɛn,wɛn,ʍɛn/ a) At what time. They were told when to sleep. b) At such time as. I’m happiest when I’m working. 2. pronoun /ʍɛn,wɛn,ʍɛn/ What time; which time …   Wiktionary

  • When Love Takes Over — Single par David Guetta Feat Kelly Rowland extrait de l’album One Love Sortie 2009 Enregistrement 2009 Londres Durée 3:12 (Album version) 3:24 (UK Radio Edit) …   Wikipédia en Français

  • When the Saints Go Marching In — often referred to as The Saints , is an American gospel hymn that has taken on certain aspects of folk music. The precise origins of the song are not known. Though it originated as a spiritual, today people are more likely to hear it played by a …   Wikipedia

  • When Your Heart Stops Beating — Studio album by +44 Released November 13, 2006 …   Wikipedia

  • When the World Comes Down — Studio album by The All American Rejects Released December 16 …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”