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[th air; unstressed th er] /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 point.
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.
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
Can be confused
their, there, they're (see usage note at the current entry)
Usage note
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.
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.


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.
< New Latin -therium (singular), -theria (plural) < Greek thēríon, derivative of thḗr beast of prey; akin to feral1, fierce


[th airz] /ðɛərz/
contraction of there is:
There's the hotel we were looking for.
contraction of there has: There's been entirely too much said on the subject.
Can be confused
theirs, there's.
Usage note Unabridged
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Examples from the web for there
  • If all you need to do is chat with far-flung students, there are many easier ways to do it.
  • there's disagreement about what to make of that relationship.
  • there were no alpha coefficients, there were no discrimination indices.
  • there is a certain genius required to think things are possible, and then all of a sudden they are.
  • there is evidence that our educational system is killing student ability to transfer from one subject to another.
  • But her colleagues said there wouldn't be time to walk all the way across campus to her studio.
  • You've never heard of me, but there's a good chance that you've read some of my work.
  • But what is clear is that often there is more than meets the eye when it comes to making such decisions.
  • there is simply not the quality of evidence available to support such hyperbole.
  • there are no original thoughts, no critical thinking, or any contribution to real discussion.
British Dictionary definitions for there


in, at, or to that place, point, case, or respect: we 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 complement: there is a girl in that office, there doesn't seem to be any water left
(postpositive) who or which is in that place or position: that boy there did it
(predicative) all there, having his or her wits about him or her; of normal intelligence
so there, an exclamation that usually follows a declaration of refusal or defiance: you can't have any more, so there!
there and then, then and there, on the spot; immediately; instantly
there it is, that is the state of affairs
there you are
  1. an expression used when handing a person something requested or desired
  2. an exclamation of triumph: there you are, I knew that would happen!
that place: near there, from there
an expression of sympathy, as in consoling a child
Usage note
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
Word Origin
Old English thǣr; related to Old Frisian thēr, Old Saxon, Old High German thār, Old Norse, Gothic thar
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Word Origin and History for there

Old English þær "in or at that place," from Proto-Germanic *thær (cf. Old Saxon thar, Old Frisian ther, Middle Low German dar, Middle Dutch daer, Dutch daar, Old High German dar, German da, Gothic þar, Old Norse þar), from PIE *tar- "there" (cf. Sanskrit tar-hi "then"), from root *to- (see the) + adverbial suffix -r.

Interjectional use is recorded from 1530s. To have been there "had previous experience of some activity" is recorded from 1877.

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Slang definitions & phrases for there

the pits

noun phrase

The most loathsome place or situation imaginable: The Soviet ''government is the pits''

[1953+; fr armpits]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with there
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