Definitions

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

  • adv. At or in that place: sit over there.
  • adv. To, into, or toward that place: wouldn't go there again.
  • adv. At that stage, moment, or point: Stop there before you make any more mistakes.
  • adv. In that matter: I can't agree with him there.
  • pro. Used to introduce a clause or sentence: There are numerous items. There must be another exit.
  • pro. Used to indicate an unspecified person in direct address: Hello there.
  • adj. Used especially for emphasis after the demonstrative pronoun that or those, or after a noun modified by the demonstrative adjective that or those: That person there ought to know the directions to town.
  • adj. Nonstandard Used for emphasis between a demonstrative adjective meaning "that” or "those” and a noun: No one is sitting at that there table. Them there beans ought to be picked.
  • n. That place or point: stopped and went on from there.
  • interj. Used to express feelings such as relief, satisfaction, sympathy, or anger: There, now I can have some peace!

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a place or location (stated, implied or otherwise indicated) at some distance from the speaker (compare here).
  • adv. In that matter, relation, etc.; at that point, stage, etc., regarded as a distinct place.
  • adv. To or into that place; thither.
  • adv. Where, there where, in which place.
  • adv. In existence or in this world; see pronoun section below.
  • interj. Used to offer encouragement or sympathy.
  • interj. Used to express victory or completion.
  • n. That place.
  • n. That status; that position.
  • pro. Used as an expletive subject of be in its sense of “exist”, with the semantic, usually indefinite subject being postponed or (occasionally) implied.
  • pro. Used with other intransitive verbs of existence, in the same sense, or with other intransitive verbs, adding a sense of existence.
  • pro. Used with other verbs, when raised.
  • pro. That.
  • pro. Used to replace an unknown name, principally in greetings and farewells

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In or at that place.
  • adv. In that matter, relation, etc.; at that point, stage, etc., regarded as a distinct place.
  • adv. To or into that place; thither.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • 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.

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

  • n. a location other than here; that place
  • adv. in that matter
  • adv. to or toward that place; away from the speaker
  • adv. in or at that place

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English thǣr, thēr; see to- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And down south it was not so cold there and there were many grasslands and savannahs there and there  appeared adot.

    bomb

  • We've been promised non-linear narratives since HyperCard, and there are some out there*.

    Making Light: Open thread 136

  • If there is one person I admire and love for chutzpah, her sex appeal is Kumar the Cross Dresser ..there is none like her , and I dont even know how to contact her ...,this is Kumar the make up artist with his sister ..and me definitely not her brother ha ha ha ha ha

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  • Now I must state , the signals where the hijras begged clapping their hands are still there but the hijras have moved on ..and hijras at this level have two alternatives beg or solicit..there is no other job option and Maharashtra with its hoopla of Bandra Sea Link will take another million years to do what Mr Karunanidhi's government has done for the Aravanis the transgender of Tamil Nadu.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • I am going there now..there better be no line now.

    $3 Lunch Reminder | Midtown Lunch - Finding Lunch in the Food Wasteland of NYC's Midtown Manhattan

  • But - drumroll please - there was a *hot girl standing there*!

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • The thought of leaving Danny there is heart-wrenching…..but the phone calls have been made and his co-workers arrive to stay with him until he leaves this cold, forbidding freezer of a building…..there is more investigating to do.

    Phil Spector Guilty In Lana Clarkson Murder

  • In cases in which the reasons for an action are dwarfed by the considerations against it, it is usual to report that there is no reason for the action at all; ˜there is a reason to do A™ typically communicates that there is a relatively weighty reason to do A.

    Reasons for Action: Internal vs. External

  • The bible with its ˜let there be light™ and ˜there was light™ has the experiential demonstrable grammar.

    Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy

  • He recognizes that there is a problem here: ˜there is a great deal of difficulty in reconciling the Divine Being's simplicity with this variety of intelligible ideas that He contains in His wisdom™

    Malebranche's Theory of Ideas and Vision in God

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