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Language: Old English
Origin: thær

there

2 adverb
     
there2 S1 W1
1 in or to a particular place that is not where you are [↪ here]:
We could go back to my cottage and have lunch there.
Scotland? I've always wanted to go there.
Hold it right there and don't move.
Can you pass me that wine glass there?
Look, there's that bookshop I was telling you about.
Who's that man over there?
It's too far to drive there and back in one day.
Are we going to get there (=arrive) before the banks close?
out/in/under etc there
I know there's a mouse under there somewhere.
We flew to Miami and from there to La Paz.
! Do not say 'to there': We went there (NOT went to there) by car.see usage note position1
2 if something is there, it exists:
The chance was there, but I didn't take it.
The countryside is there for everyone to enjoy.
Three months after the operation, the pain was still there.
3 at or to a particular point in time, in a process, or in a story:
Let's stop there and I'll tell you the rest of the story tomorrow.
She got a divorce, but her troubles didn't end there.
There's still a lot of work to do, but we're getting there (=coming to the end of the process) slowly.
4

there and then

also then and there immediately:
I thought I'd have to wait, but they offered me the job there and then.
5 spokenXX used to refer to something that someone has said when you are answering them:
That's true. I agree with you there.
'Why did the system fail?' 'Well, there you've got me - I really don't know.'
6 spoken used when greeting someone or calling to them:
Hi there, you must be Laura.
Hey, you there! Watch out!
7 spoken

there it is/there they are etc

used when you have found something or someone that you are looking for:
Have you seen my keys anywhere? Ah, there they are.
There you are. I've been looking for you.
8 spoken used when you want to speak to someone on the telephone and someone else answers:
Hello, Georgie, is your mother there?
9 spoken

be there (for somebody)

to be always ready to help someone when they need help:
That's what I loved about my father - he was always there for me.
10 spoken

there I was/there they were etc

used to describe what situation someone was in at a particular point in the story you are telling:
So there I was, stranded in London with no money.
11 spoken

be not all there

informal someone who is not all there seems stupid or slightly crazy
12 spoken

there's a good boy/clever dog etc

used to praise a child or animal
13 spoken

there it is/there you are/there you go

used to say that nothing can be done to change an unsatisfactory situation:
It's all very sad, but there it is. There's absolutely nothing any of us can do about it.
14 spoken

there you go/she goes etc (again)

used when someone does something annoying that they often do:
There you go, blaming everything on me, as usual.
There she goes again, complaining about the weather.
15 spoken

there you are/there you go

a) used when giving something to someone or when you have done something for someone:
There you are. I'll just wrap it up for you.
b) used when you think you have proved to someone that what you are telling them is right:
There you are, then. There's nothing to worry about.
16 spoken

there's something for you

a) used to say that an action or situation is a good example of a particular quality:
There's intelligence for you! She's solved the problem already.
b) used when you are annoyed or disappointed to say that someone's behaviour is the opposite of the quality you are naming:
Well, there's gratitude for you. She didn't even say thank you.
17 spoken

there goes something/somebody

a) used when you see someone or something going past or away from you:
There goes a very worried man.
b) used to say that you can hear something such as a bell ringing:
There goes the phone. I'll answer it.
c) used when you are losing something, for example an opportunity or money, as a result of something that has just happened:
There go our chances of winning the championship.
There goes my career.
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE:

position, place, location, where, there
Place is a very general word for talking about where something or someone is the place where they live Put this in a safe place.Position can be used to talk about the place where something is in relation to other things or places the position of the table in the roomLocation is used mainly in formal or business English to talk about where a building is a house in a central location the location of the new headquartersIn ordinary spoken English, it is more usual to use words like where, there, somewhere, anywhere to talk about the place where something or someone is This is where (NOT the place where) I live. My shoes were in the hall but they're not there (NOT in that place) now. Let's have lunch somewhere different (NOT in a different place) today.See also position

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