[ thair; unstressed ther ]
/ ðɛər; unstressed ðər /
in or at that place (opposed to here): She is there now.
at that point in an action, speech, etc.: He stopped there for applause.
in that matter, particular, or respect: His anger was justified there.
into or to that place; thither: We went there last year.
(used by way of calling attention to something or someone): There they go.
in or at that place where you are: Well, hi there.
(used to introduce a sentence or clause in which the verb comes before its subject or has no complement): There is no hope.
that place: He comes from there, too.
that state or condition: I'll introduce you to her, but you're on your own from there on.
(used for emphasis, especially after a noun modified by a demonstrative adjective): Ask that man there.
(used to express satisfaction, relief, encouragement, approval, consolation, etc.): There! It's done.
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Idioms for there
been there, done that, Informal. (used to say that you have experienced or are familiar with something and now think it is boring or of little worth): A big house in the suburbs? Been there, done that.
Origin of there
before 900; Middle English (adv.), Old English thǣr thēr, cognate with Dutch daar,Old High German dār; akin to Gothic, Old Norse thar;cf. that
grammar notes for there
7. The verb following there is singular or plural according to the number of the subject that follows the verb: There is a message for you. There are patients in the waiting room. With compound subjects in which all the coordinate words are singular, a singular verb often occurs, although the plural may also be used: There was (or were ) a horse and a cow in the pasture. When a compound subject contains both singular and plural words, the verb usually agrees with the subject closest to the verb, although a plural verb sometimes occurs regardless, especially if the compound has more than two elements: There were staff meetings and a press conference daily. There was (or were ) a glass, two plates, two cups, and a teapot on the shelf.
usage note for there
11. It is nonstandard usage to place there between a demonstrative adjective and the noun it modifies: that there car. The same is true of here : these here nails. Placed after the noun, both there and here are entirely standard: that car there; these nails here.
Definition for there (2 of 2)
a combining form meaning “wild animal, beast,” used in the formation of compound words, usually denoting extinct mammals, as adaptions of zoological taxa ending in -therium or -theria: baluchithere.
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British Dictionary definitions for there
/ (ðɛə) /
in, at, or to that place, point, case, or respectwe never go there; I'm afraid I disagree with you there
used as a grammatical subject with some verbs, esp be, when the true subject is an indefinite or mass noun phrase following the verb as complementthere is a girl in that office; there doesn't seem to be any water left
(postpositive) who or which is in that place or positionthat boy there did it
all there (predicative) having his or her wits about him or her; of normal intelligence
so there an exclamation that usually follows a declaration of refusal or defianceyou can't have any more, so there!
there and then or then and there on the spot; immediately; instantly
there it is that is the state of affairs
there you are
- an expression used when handing a person something requested or desired
- an exclamation of triumphthere you are, I knew that would happen!
that placenear there; from there
an expression of sympathy, as in consoling a child
Word Origin for there
Old English thǣr; related to Old Frisian thēr, Old Saxon, Old High German thār, Old Norse, Gothic thar
usage for there
In correct usage, the verb should agree with the number of the subject in such constructions as there is a man waiting and there are several people waiting. However, where the subject is compound, it is common in speech to use the singular as in there's a police car and an ambulance outside
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Idioms and Phrases with there
In addition to the idioms beginning with there
- there but for the grace of God go I
- all there
- get there
- hang in (there)
- here and there
- here, there, and everywhere
- in there pitching
- neither here nor there
- no smoke without (where there's smoke there's) fire
- nothing to it (there's)
- somebody up there loves me
- take it from here (there)
- then and there
- where there's a will
- while there's life there's hope
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