from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb At or in that place.
  • adverb To, into, or toward that place.
  • adverb At that stage, moment, or point.
  • adverb In that matter.
  • adverb In a readily accessible or discoverable state.
  • pronoun Used to introduce a clause or sentence.
  • pronoun Used to indicate an unspecified person in direct address.
  • adjective Used especially for emphasis after the demonstrative pronoun that or those, or after a noun modified by the demonstrative adjective that or those.
  • adjective Nonstandard Used for emphasis between a demonstrative adjective meaning “that” or “those” and a noun.
  • noun That place or point.
  • interjection Used to express feelings such as relief, satisfaction, sympathy, or anger.
  • idiom (be there for (someone)) To be available to provide help or comfort to someone in a time of difficulty.
  • idiom (out there) Extremely unconventional or eccentric.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Used to express: Certainty, confirmation, triumph, dismay, etc.: as, there! what did I tell you?
  • Encouragement, direction, or setting on.
  • Consolation, coaxing, or quieting, as in hushing a child: as, there! there! go to sleep.
  • In or at a definite place other than that occupied by the speaker; in that place; at that point: used in reference to a place or point otherwise or already indicated or known; as, you will find him there (pointing to the particular place); if he is in Paris, I shall see him there.
  • Into that place; to that place; thither: after verbs of motion or direction as, how did that get there I will go there to-morrow.
  • At that point of progress; after going so far or proceeding to such a point; as, you have said or done enough, you may stop there.
  • In that state or condition of things; in that respect.
  • Used by way of calling the attention to something, as to a person, object, or place; as, there is my hand.
  • Used as an indefinite grammatical subject, in place of the real subject, which then follows the verb, increased force being thus secured: so used especially with the verb to be: as, there is no peace for the wicked.
  • Used like that in interjectional phrases; such as, there 's a darling! there 's a good boy!
  • Thence.
  • Where.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In or at that place.
  • adverb In that matter, relation, etc.; at that point, stage, etc., regarded as a distinct place.
  • adverb To or into that place; thither.
  • adverb in one place and another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb location In a place or location (stated, implied or otherwise indicated) at some distance from the speaker (compare here).
  • adverb figuratively In that matter, relation, etc.; at that point, stage, etc., regarded as a distinct place.
  • adverb location To or into that place; thither.
  • adverb obsolete Where, there where, in which place.
  • adverb In existence or in this world; see pronoun section below.
  • interjection Used to offer encouragement or sympathy.
  • interjection Used to express victory or completion.
  • noun That place.
  • noun That status; that position.
  • pronoun Used as an expletive subject of be in its sense of “exist”, with the semantic, usually indefinite subject being postponed or (occasionally) implied.
  • pronoun Used with other intransitive verbs of existence, in the same sense, or with other intransitive verbs, adding a sense of existence.
  • pronoun Used with other verbs, when raised.
  • pronoun no longer productive That.
  • pronoun colloquial Used to replace an unknown name, principally in greetings and farewells

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a location other than here; that place
  • adverb in that matter
  • adverb to or toward that place; away from the speaker
  • adverb in or at that place


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English ther, from Old English thǣr, thēr; see to- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English there, ther, thare, thar, thore, from Old English þēr, þǣr, þār ("there; at that place"), from Proto-Germanic *þar (“at that place; there”), from Proto-Indo-European *tar- (“there”), from demonstrative pronominal base *to- (“the, that”) + adverbial suffix *-r. Cognate with Scots thar, thair ("there"), North Frisian dear, deer, där ("there"), Saterland Frisian deer ("there"), West Frisian dêr ("there"), Dutch daar ("there"), Low German dar ("there"), German da, dar- ("there"), Danish der ("there"), Swedish där ("there"), Icelandic þar ("in that place, there").


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