- At what time .
- At such time as .
- As soon as .
- At a time in the past,
- That's enough, a command to stop adding something, especially an ingredient of food or drink.
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From Middle English when( ne ), whan( ne ), from Old English hwenne, hwænne, hwonne ( “when” ), from Proto-Germanic *hwannē ( “at what time, when” ), from Proto-Indo-European *kʷo-, *kʷi- ( “interrogative base” ). Cognate with Dutch wanneer ( “when” ), German wann ( “when” ), German wenn ( “when, if” ), Gothic ( ƕan, “when, how” ), Latin quandō ( “when” ). More at who .
Definition of when by GCIDE Dictionary
- When adv. [OE. when, whan, whenne, whanne, AS. hwænne, hwanne, hwonne; akin to OS. hwan, OD. wan, OHG. wanne, G. wann when, wenn if, when, Goth. hwan when, and to E. who. See Who.]
1. At what time; -- used interrogatively.
When shall these things be? Matt. xxiv. 3.
☞ See the Note under What, pron., 1.
2. At what time; at, during, or after the time that; at or just after, the moment that; -- used relatively.
Take their advantage when and how they list. Daniel.
Book lore ne'er served, when trial came,
Nor gifts, when faith was dead. J. H. Newman.
3. While; whereas; although; -- used in the manner of a conjunction to introduce a dependent adverbial sentence or clause, having a causal, conditional, or adversative relation to the principal proposition; as, “he chose to turn highwayman when he might have continued an honest man; he removed the tree when it was the best in the grounds”.
4. Which time; then; -- used elliptically as a noun.
I was adopted heir by his consent;
Since when, his oath is broke. Shak.
☞ When was formerly used as an exclamation of surprise or impatience, like what!
Come hither; mend my ruff:
Here, when! thou art such a tedious lady! J. Webster.
When as, When that, at the time that; when. [Obs.]
When as sacred light began to dawn. Milton.
When that mine eye is famished for a look. Shak.