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Meaning of there by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /ðɛə( ɹ )/, X-SAMPA: /DE@( r\ )/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ðɛɹ/, X-SAMPA: /DEr\/
    • Rhymes: -ɛə( r )
    • Homophone: their, they're


    From Middle English ther, from Old English þær, from Proto-Germanic *þar, from Proto-Indo-European *tar- ( “there” ), from demonstrative pronominal base *to- ( “the, that” ) + adverbial suffix *-r .


    there ( not comparable )

    1. ( location ) In a place or location ( stated, implied or otherwise indicated ) at some distance from the speaker ( compare here ).
    2. ( figuratively ) In that matter, relation, etc.; at that point, stage, etc., regarded as a distinct place .
      He did not stop there, but continued his speech .
      They patched up their differences, but matters did not end there .
    3. ( location ) To or into that place; thither.
    4. ( obsolete ) Where, there where, in which place.
    5. In existence or in this world; see pronoun section below.

    Usage notes




    1. Used to offer encouragement or sympathy .
      There, there. Everything is going to turn out all right .
    2. Used to express victory or completion .
      There! That knot should hold .


    there ( plural: theres )

    1. That place.
    2. That status; that position .
      You get it ready; I'll take it from there .



    1. Used as an expletive subject of be in its sense of “exist”, with the semantic, usually indefinite subject being postponed or ( occasionally ) implied .
      There are two apples on the table. [=Two apples are on the table.]
      There is no way to do it. [=No way to do it exists.]
      Is there an answer? [=Does an answer exist?]
      No, there isn't. [=No, one doesn't exist.]
    2. Used with other intransitive verbs of existence, in the same sense, or with other intransitive verbs, adding a sense of existence .
      If x is a positive number, then there exists [=there is] a positive number y less than x .
      There remain several problems with this approach. [=Several problems remain with this approach.]
      Once upon a time, in a now-forgotten kingdom, there lived a woodsman with his wife. [=There was a woodsman, who lived with his wife.]
      There arose a great wind out of the east. [=There was now a great wind, arising in the east.]
    3. Used with other verbs, when raised .
      There seems to be some difficulty with the papers. [=It seems that there is some difficulty with the papers.]
      I expected there to be a simpler solution. [=I expected that there would be a simpler solution.]
      There are beginning to be complications. [=It's beginning to be the case that there are complications.]
    4. ( in combination with certain prepositions, no longer productive ) That .
      therefor, thereat, thereunder
    5. ( colloquial ) Used to replace an unknown name, principally in greetings and farewells
      Hi there, young fellow .



    • Ether, ether, Reeth, theer, three

Explanation of there by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. in or at that place

    2. they have lived there for years
      it's not there
      that man there
    3. to or toward that place

    4. go there around noon!
    5. in that matter

    6. I agree with you there
    1. a location other than here

    2. you can take it from there

    Definition of there by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. There adv. [OE. ther, AS. ðǣr; akin to D. daar, G. da, OHG. dār, Sw. & Dan. der, Icel. & Goth. þar, Skr. tarhi then, and E. that. √184. See That, pron.]
      1. In or at that place. “[They] there left me and my man, both bound together.” Shak.

      The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. Ge. ii. 8.

      ☞ In distinction from here, there usually signifies a place farther off. “Darkness there might well seem twilight here.” Milton.

      2. In that matter, relation, etc.; at that point, stage, etc., regarded as a distinct place; as, “he did not stop there, but continued his speech”.

      The law that theaten'd death becomes thy friend

      And turns it to exile; there art thou happy. Shak.

      3. To or into that place; thither.

      The rarest that e'er came there. Shak.

      ☞ There is sometimes used by way of exclamation, calling the attention to something, especially to something distant; as, there, there! see there! look there! There is often used as an expletive, and in this use, when it introduces a sentence or clause, the verb precedes its subject.

      A knight there was, and that a worthy man. Chaucer.

      There is a path which no fowl knoweth. Job xxviii. 7.

      Wherever there is a sense or perception, there some idea is actually produced. Locke.

      There have been that have delivered themselves from their ills by their good fortune or virtue. Suckling.

      ☞ There is much used in composition, and often has the sense of a pronoun. See Thereabout, Thereafter, Therefrom, etc.

      ☞ There was formerly used in the sense of where.

      Spend their good there it is reasonable. Chaucer.

      Here and there, in one place and another.

      Syn. -- See Thither.