where S1 W1 /weə $ wer/ BrE AmE adverb , conjunction , pronoun
[ Language: Old English ; Origin: hwær ]
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?
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 SYN wherever :
You can sit where you like.
You’re free to go where you please.