where


where
where
W1S1 [weə US wer] adv, conj, pron
[: Old English; Origin: hwAr]
1.) in or to which place
Where are you going?
Where do they live?
Do you know where my glasses are?
Where would you like to sit?
where (...) to/from
Where have you come from?
'We're going on a long journey.' 'Where to?'
where to do sth
They're easy to find, if you know where to look.
where on earth/in the world etc
(=used for emphasis when you are surprised, angry etc)
Where on earth have you been all this time?
see usage noteposition1
2.) used to talk about a particular place
She was standing exactly where you are standing now.
Stay where you are.
This is the place where I hid the key.
In 1963 we moved to Boston, where my grandparents lived.
3.) used to talk about a particular stage in a process, conversation, story etc
The treatment will continue until the patient reaches the point where he can walk correctly and safely.
You are saying that everyone should be equal, and this is where I disagree.
Now, where were we? Oh yes, we were talking about John.
4.) used to ask or talk about the origin of something or someone
Where does the word 'super' come from?
Where does this man get the money to keep two houses?
I wonder where he gets these strange ideas.
5.) used to say that one person, thing, opinion etc is different from another
Where others might have been satisfied, Dawson had higher ambitions.
6.) in or to any place
You can sit where you like.
You're free to go where you please.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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