where
I. adverb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hwǣr; akin to Old High German hwār where, Old English hwā who — more at who Date: before 12th century 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 again — Shakespeare
>
II. conjunction Date: 12th century 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 him — William 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 ovens — Randall 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 countries — Andy Rooney
>
III. noun Date: 15th century 1. place, location <
the where and the how of the accident
>
2. what place, source, or cause <
I know where that comes from
>

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