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What meaning

What - 13 dictionary results

  1. 1. As an interrogative pronoun, used in asking questions regarding either persons or things; as, what is this? what did you say? what poem is this? what child is lost?
  2. 2. Used adjectively, meaning how remarkable, or how great; as, what folly! what eloquence! what courage!
  3. 3. Sometimes prefixed to adjectives in an adverbial sense, as nearly equivalent to how; as, what happy boys!
  4. 4. As a relative pronoun
  5. 5. Used adverbially in a sense corresponding to the adjectival use; as, he picked what good fruit he saw.
  6. 6. Something; thing; stuff.
  7. 7. Why? For what purpose? On what account?
  8. 8. As an exclamatory word: - ( a) Used absolutely or independently; - often with a question following.
  9. 9. Used substantively with the antecedent suppressed, equivalent to that which, or those [ persons] who, or those [ things] which; - called a compound relative.
  10. 10. Used adjectively, equivalent to the . . . which; the sort or kind of . . . which; rarely, the . . . on, or at, which.
  11. 11. Whatever; whatsoever; what thing soever; - used indefinitely.
  12. 12. Used adverbially, in part; partly; somewhat; - with a following preposition, especially, with, and commonly with repetition.
  13. 13. That which:- also used in asking questions, as, what is it? What man?.

What - examples of usage

  1. " That's what I say. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  2. " Why, what does it mean? - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
  3. What would I do with her? - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
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