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Language: Old English
Origin: hwær

where

adverb, conjunction, pronoun
     
where S1 W1
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 something
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 note position1
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 [= wherever]:
You can sit where you like.
You're free to go where you please.
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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