where - definition and synonyms

adverb, conjunction 

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Where can be used in the following ways:
as a question adverb (introducing a direct or indirect question): Where are you going?I wonder where she lives.
as a relative adverb (referring back to a noun and introducing a relative clause): I know a place where you can hide. (introducing a clause that is subject, object, or complement of another clause): Stratford is where Shakespeare was born.
as a conjunction (connecting two clauses): I’ve hidden the money where no one will find it.
  1. 1
    in or to what place
    1. a.
      used for asking what place someone or something is in, or what place they go to

      Where would you like to sit?

      I wonder where Jack’s gone.


      Do you know where the road leads to?


      Where did the package come from?

    2. b.
      used when someone knows or says what place someone or something is in or what place they go to

      She didn’t say where she works.

      I don’t know where Jack is taking me for our anniversary.

  2. 2
    used for referring to a particular place that someone or something is in or that they go to

    We were led to the dining room, where lunch was being served.

    Put the picture where I can see it.

    This cupboard is where she keeps all her sewing things.

    I was a teacher in the college where Khalil was studying.

    Where the temple once stood there is now a multi-storey car park.

  3. 3
    used for asking about or referring to a situation or a point in a process, discussion, story etc

    Where shall I start?

    We may find ourselves in a situation where we can’t pay our debts.

    Eventually I reached the point where I was beginning to enjoy my work.

    The Labour Party wants to raise taxes, and this is where we differ from them.

  4. 4
    used for asking or saying what the origin of something is

    I don’t know where she gets these ideas.


    Xavier is an unusual name. Where does it come from?

  5. 5
    used when comparing two people, things, actions etc and showing how they are different

    But where a less determined man might have admitted defeat, Wallace fought back with renewed vigour.