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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
where
adverb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
pick up where...left off
▪ We’ll meet again in the morning and we can pick up where we left off.
take up/pick up/continue (sth) etc where sb left off (=continue something that has stopped for a short time)
▪ Barry took up the story where Justine had left off.
Where appropriate
Where appropriate, I delegate as much work as possible.
where are your manners?British English (= used for telling a child to stop behaving impolitely)
▪ Jamie! Where are your manners?
where your loyalties lie (=who or what you are going to be loyal to)
▪ Do your loyalties lie with your friends or your family?
where/how do things stand? (=used to ask what is happening in a situation)
▪ Where do things stand in terms of the budget?
where/how/who etc the heck
▪ Where the heck are we?
where/if/as applicable
▪ Ms/Miss/Mrs/Mr Please delete as applicable.
where/wherever/whenever possible
▪ Choose wholemeal varieties of flour and pasta, where possible.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
appropriate
▪ Colleges submitting such proposals may, where appropriate, be invited to participate in the central development.
▪ The law does not require all passengers to be restrained, only those where appropriate restraints are available.
▪ Nineteenth- and twentieth-century examples may also be included where appropriate.
▪ Invalidity benefit is paid according to the usual contribution conditions and dependants' benefits are added where appropriate.
▪ Agents and exporters should therefore treat them as within the existing system, and include T2 documents where appropriate.
▪ Wherever they are kept, they should be out of reach of children and, where appropriate, under lock and key.
▪ To phase out zoos and, where appropriate, support conservation centres. 3.
▪ To assist and encourage and supervise where appropriate junior staff in the proper performance of their duties.
necessary
▪ This chapter overlaps the last and should, where necessary, be read in conjunction with it.
▪ Patients are referred to the Medical Officer and to local hospitals where necessary.
▪ They book orders, develop new business and sort out problems where necessary, earning commission from Courtaulds' supplying companies.
▪ The Conservative leadership should show itself as compassionate and imaginative as well as tough where necessary.
▪ A professional hypnotherapist should assess each potential patient carefully and advise against treatment where necessary.
▪ Then redecorate where necessary, paying particular attention to the kitchen, bathroom and external window sills.
▪ The method of assessment will rest on observing the trainee's performance at work with questions supplementing underpinning knowledge where necessary.
■ VERB
know
▪ I knew where to look too.
▪ Most public managers know where they could trim 10 to 15 percent of their budget.
▪ I know where to get some sweet mickeys off the truck.
▪ Judas knew where he would be.
▪ They know where they fit in and what they have to do.
▪ Now she would know where Benny went and studied; she would know the look of the place.
▪ Anybody know where Earl Varney is these days?
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
(give) credit where credit is due
I hate to think what/how/where etc
▪ But take care of them, darling. I hate to think what we'd do if they had to be replaced.
be back where you started
▪ If we lose tomorrow, we'll be back where we started.
▪ And if you decide that they are not, then you are back where you started.
▪ So my client and I are back where we started.
▪ To a large extent we are back where we started.
be where it's at
▪ Forget the business struggle: the busyness battle is where it's at.
▪ This is where it's at.
fools rush in (where angels fear to tread)
from where I stand
▪ Well from where I stand, it looks like you've found a good job.
▪ But from where I stand, it is the wider issue of transparency that really counts.
▪ Even from where I stood, I glimpsed Eadred's agitation.
▪ He ambled over to the nearest tree - happily some metres from where I stood hidden, and turned towards the tower.
▪ I can shake things up a little from where I stand.
▪ I could smell its peppery, pungent scent from where I stood.
hit sb where it hurts
▪ Instead of locking up drug offenders, hit them where it really hurts - in the wallet.
▪ Tax day hits him hard, hits him where it hurts the most.
know where you stand (with sb)
▪ But Catholic bishops have let both parties know where they stand.
▪ Do you know where you stand?
▪ I am only ensuring we both know where we stand.
▪ Imagine a man in public office that everybody knew where he stood.
▪ My father died, I didn't know where I stood on the team, we lost a lot of games.
▪ She knew where he stood over Grunte.
▪ Well, now she knew where she stood.
▪ You knew where you stood with the Cold War.
look what you're doing/look where you're going etc
not have a clue (where/why/how etc)
▪ After nine years of marriage to her I did not have a clue myself.
not quite why/what/where etc
▪ But it is not quite what it seems.
▪ Only his shoes seemed to be a little too pointed - not quite what men one knew would wear.
▪ So Feuerbach's sensuous anthropology, much praised even by Karl Barth, is not quite what it seems.
▪ Somehow we get the feeling this is not quite what Tucson Mayor George Miller had in mind.
▪ That is not quite what we suggested, which was that it should have regard to affordability.
▪ The whole situation was very unusual and not quite what I expected it to be.
▪ They are not quite what I should have expected from a man like Serafin.
▪ This is not quite what was expected.
put your money where your mouth is
▪ It's time for the governor to put his money where his mouth is.
tell sb where to get off
▪ "Did you give him the money?" "No, I told him where to get off."
tell sb where to go/where to get off
what/how/where/who in God's name
▪ What in God's name is that noise?
what/how/why/where etc the hell?
▪ She admits there are no jobs and wonders what the hell she is doing.
▪ What the hell does the reaction matter if you want to do it?
▪ What the hell was he talking about?
▪ What the hell was she playing at?
▪ Where the hell have you been?
▪ Why the hell couldn't you have told us?
▪ Wondering what the hell he's up to.
what/who/where the dickens ...?
where do you draw the line?
▪ Once you open the door to things that are not related to the Holocaust, where do you draw the line?
▪ That obviously does not extend to the levels of awareness which human consciousness exhibits, but where do you draw the line?
▪ Where do you draw the line?
where does sb/sth go from here?
▪ He has just turned 25 years old and the question is: Where does he go from here?
▪ So where does Dirk go from here?
▪ The question now is, where does UMass go from here?
where sb is coming from
▪ Growing churches should seek to identify where their growth is coming from.
▪ I try to feel where he is coming from.
▪ It's great for keeping tabs on where your money is coming from and going to and for tracking investments.
▪ The ability to see where something is coming from and where it's going to.
where sb stands
▪ Voters need to know where each candidate stands.
▪ Where do the Democrats stand on the issue of sanctions?
where there's a will there's a way
where's the beef?
▪ "Where's the beef?" reporters asked Democratic leaders at a news conference.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Where

Wher \Wher\, Where \Where\, pron. & conj. [See Whether.] Whether. [Sometimes written whe'r.] [Obs.]
--Piers Plowman.

Men must enquire (this is mine assent), Wher she be wise or sober or dronkelewe.
--Chaucer.

Where

Where \Where\, adv. [OE. wher, whar, AS. hw?r; akin to D. waar, OS. hw?r, OHG. hw[=a]r, w[=a]r, w[=a], G. wo, Icel. and Sw. hvar, Dan. hvor, Goth. hwar, and E. who; cf. Skr. karhi when.

  1. At or in what place; hence, in what situation, position, or circumstances; -- used interrogatively.

    God called unto Adam, . . . Where art thou?
    --Gen. iii. 9.

    Note: See the Note under What, pron., 1.

  2. At or in which place; at the place in which; hence, in the case or instance in which; -- used relatively.

    She visited that place where first she was so happy.
    --Sir P. Sidney.

    Where I thought the remnant of mine age Should have been cherished by her childlike duty.
    --Shak.

    Where one on his side fights, thousands will fly.
    --Shak.

    But where he rode one mile, the dwarf ran four.
    --Sir W. Scott.

  3. To what or which place; hence, to what goal, result, or issue; whither; -- used interrogatively and relatively; as, where are you going?

    But where does this tend?
    --Goldsmith.

    Lodged in sunny cleft, Where the gold breezes come not.
    --Bryant.

    Note: Where is often used pronominally with or without a preposition, in elliptical sentences for a place in which, the place in which, or what place.

    The star . . . stood over where the young child was.
    --Matt. ii. 9.

    The Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
    --Matt. viii. 20.

    Within about twenty paces of where we were.
    --Goldsmith.

    Where did the minstrels come from?
    --Dickens.

    Note: Where is much used in composition with preposition, and then is equivalent to a pronoun. Cf. Whereat, Whereby, Wherefore, Wherein, etc.

    Where away (Naut.), in what direction; as, where away is the land?

    Syn: See Whither.

Where

Where \Where\, conj. Whereas.

And flight and die is death destroying death; Where fearing dying pays death servile breath.
--Shak.

Where

Where \Where\, n. Place; situation. [Obs. or Colloq.]

Finding the nymph asleep in secret where.
--Spenser.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
where

Old English hwær, hwar "at what place," from Proto-Germanic adverb *hwar (cognates: Old Saxon hwar, Old Norse hvar, Old Frisian hwer, Middle Dutch waer, Old High German hwar, German wo, Gothic hvar "where"), equivalent to Latin cur, from PIE interrogative base *kwo- (see who). Where it's at attested from 1903.

Wiktionary
where

adv. 1 (qualifier: used interrogatively, in either a direct or indirect question) At what place; to what place; what place. 2 In what situation. conj. While on the contrary; although; whereas. n. The place in which something happens. pron. The place in which.

WordNet
where

adv. in or at or to what place; "I know where he is"; "use it wherever necessary" [syn: wherever]

Wikipedia
Where

Where may refer to:

  • Where?, in journalism, one of the Five Ws
  • Where (SQL), a database language clause
  • Where.com, a provider of location-based applications via mobile phones
Where (SQL)

A WHERE clause in SQL specifies that a SQL Data Manipulation Language (DML) statement should only affect rows that meet specified criteria. The criteria are expressed in the form of predicates. WHERE clauses are not mandatory clauses of SQL DML statements, but can be used to limit the number of rows affected by a SQL DML statement or returned by a query. In brief SQL WHERE clause is used to extract only those results from a SQL statement, such as: SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, or DELETE statement.

Where (magazine)

Where is a series of magazines for tourists, distributed at hotels, convention centres, regional malls and other tourist areas.

Usage examples of "where".

The short drive ended with him being carried onto a hypersonic aircraft, just big enough to accommodate Tochee at the back where a dozen seats had been removed.

Thus attended, the hapless mourner entered the place, and, according to the laudable hospitality of England, which is the only country in Christendom where a stranger is not made welcome to the house of God, this amiable creature, emaciated and enfeebled as she was, must have stood in a common passage during the whole service, had not she been perceived by a humane gentlewoman, who, struck with her beauty and dignified air, and melted with sympathy at the ineffable sorrow which was visible in her countenance, opened the pew in which she sat, and accommodated Monimia and her attendant.

New Riviera was entirely too accommodating to imported species to allow anything out into the wild without official approval, where it would like as not reproduce and thrive like mad.

Outside, the happy and contented citizens of the accommodating world of New Riviera went about their daily concerns, unaware that in an ordinary hotel room not far from where they were walking and talking, a most unusual quartet was calmly discussing Armageddon.

Guard found their accommodation in a disused drying shed, where a fireplace provided a welcome warmth.

He told me that if I thought I was going to prove I was not in love with his wife by staying away I was very much mistaken, and he invited me to accompany all the family to Testaccio, where they intended to have luncheon on the following Thursday.

She will accompany me from Geneva to the place where I am bound to go.

He presented me to a lady, saying that he was accompanying me to Rome, where I intend to become a Franciscan.

Beautiful where it finds something accordant with the Ideal-Form within itself, using this Idea as a canon of accuracy in its decision.

Ned kept watch on the parking lot of the small business park where the accounting company had its unpretentious, storefront-like offices.

Little could have delighted Adams more than the chance to show her the country that meant so much to him, where success had been his, where, as they both appreciated, he had helped change the course of history, and where he was still the accredited American minister, Congress having never bothered to replace him.

A spew of fire-red brilliance came suddenly from the very center of it, where lurked the accretion disk.

wherever sediment did not accumulate on the bed of the sea, or where it did not accumulate at a sufficient rate to protect organic bodies from decay, no remains could be preserved.

As the particles which the creatures devour are rather small, the tendency is to accumulate the finer portions of the soil near the surface of the earth, where by solution they may contribute to the needs of the lowly plants.

But to get going again, the receptors receive the beam and from them the power is sent to the accumulators, where it is stored.