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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
describe how/why/what etc
▪ It’s difficult to describe how I feel.
who/what/why etc do you suppose ... ?
▪ Who on earth do you suppose could have done this?
▪ How do you suppose he got here?
Why bother
Why bother to go abroad, when there are so many nice places here?
▪ There are even those who ask why they can not be inspected by those who advise them.
▪ Baptist asked why the easterners invaded their churches instead of heading for the heathen out yonder.
▪ But also anomalies: a reader asks why we have Yorkshiremen but not Northamptonshiremen.
▪ In a closed meeting in the home of John Cotton, the ministers asked why she attacked them.
▪ In 1994 Nicklaus was asked why so few black people made it in golf.
▪ This puzzles them: they ask why, if they are so rich, life is not easier.
▪ I hear young people ask why they can not find homes.
▪ The disease model simply asks why child abuse occurs and how can it be prevented or reduced.
▪ It also explains why it is virtually certain that Britain's main trunk lines will rely on optical fibre.
▪ That may help explain why in 1995&038;.
▪ That probably explains why public opinion is broadly in favour of euthanasia, or at least certain forms of it.
▪ This would explain why your difficulty might be persisting, but it does not explain why it started in the first place.
▪ These small variations would explain why galaxies formed into clusters, and stars into galaxies.
▪ Here I should explain why over a hundred thousand miners were striking against the federal courts.
▪ It became more difficult for devout persons to explain why unforeseen disaster should overtake a religious group.
▪ That explains why thrifts continued to buy mortgage bonds even as they sold their loans.
▪ Demanding to know why, he began to shout at her.
▪ It was all so obvious he didn't know why he hadn't worked it out before.
▪ He knew he was dying and wanted to know why it was taking so long.
▪ He wanted to know why he couldn't go to boarding-school like all the others.
▪ Do you know why that is?
▪ His silence frightened Carrie and she knew why, suddenly.
▪ He wanted to know why the dollar was plunging.
▪ He floundered in panic as, for a brief moment, he could not remember why he was there.
▪ You need to really remember why you are council members, because you are not doing your jobs.
▪ Then she remembered why Nahum had come home in a terrible temper and called her unrepeatable names.
▪ Tonight she remembers why she loves the game.
▪ I can not really remember why.
▪ The old remember why the revolution was started and many still hold the original ideals dear, whatever may have happened in between.
▪ She tried to remember why a gathering storm upset people.
▪ Usually she could not remember why she had wandered off.
▪ Erlich could see why she wanted to deliver her flowers.
▪ We shall see why people liked civilized society and why other peoples copied Sumer.
▪ I could see why - and hear.
▪ It's not hard to see why even when clean, Kamrok's verses are very funny.
▪ Indeed, it is hard to see why so many do.
▪ It's not hard to see why critics hate the film.
▪ It is easy to see why the conventional wisdom resists so stoutly such change.
▪ I never could understand why a letter typed with a word processor was any less personal than one produced with a typewriter.
▪ I never understood why, when I asked one of them a question, the other answered.
▪ I understood why, after what Rupert had told me.
▪ He never could understand why we could not do it.
▪ He cared a lot about other people and could never understand why some one should want to hurt him.
▪ So you can understand why when you called I wanted to slam down the phone.
▪ That was when she understood why he looked so strange.
▪ She was quite unable to understand why she was not allowed to leave.
▪ I wonder why he left his car in Barrowclough Road.
▪ You may wonder why sleeping pills and tranquilizers are on a list of drugs that can cause insomnia.
▪ He seldom wasted time wondering why people wanted other people dead.
▪ Lance wondered why no articles were done about how she spent her Christmas.
▪ From this he deduced that the boiler was too small and this led him on to wondering why the engine was so inefficient.
▪ You may have wondered why your dentist wears gloves and perhaps a mask when treating you.
▪ The effect on the jury might well have been to make them wonder why W did not answer if he was innocent.
(why) must you ...?
I don't know how/why etc
I don't see why not
▪ "Are you sure they'll let us walk on their land?" "I don't see why not."
My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?
all the more reason why/to do sth
▪ But that's all the more reason why we should go off this time with a car well filled, eh?
▪ If some material is lost already, that is all the more reason to stop a lapse becoming a loophole.
▪ That means there is all the more reason to oppose the willed destruction of old things.
▪ That possibility is all the more reason to end the conflict soon.
▪ This is all the more reason to find a more democratic way of deciding the state for the first primary.
how/why should ... ?
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.
what's (all) the hurry?/why (all) the hurry?
what/how/why etc in heaven's name
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/why etc the devil?
▪ Now what the devil was he to do?
▪ So who the devil are these two engaging, literate, drug-free chatterers sitting down the pub?
▪ What the devil are you getting at?
▪ What the devil does he want?
▪ What the devil have you been doing to yourself?
▪ What the devil was he talking about?
▪ Why the devil do you think I came haring over here?
▪ Why the devil was she so stubborn?
what/why/how etc on earth ...?
why/how/who etc indeed?
▪ Actually science depends upon expert witnesses who indeed are not infallible.
▪ And why indeed should gamesmanship not exist in disabled sport when it is rife everywhere else?
▪ Meant especially for Prior Robert, I should hazard, who indeed thinks he chose her and ranks as her proprietor.
▪ The community service that is most interesting is by those who indeed are intellectually productive.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Why \Why\, adv. [OE. whi, why, AS. hw[=i], hw?, instrumental case of hw[=a], hw[ae]t; akin to Icel. hv[=i] why, Dan. & Sw. hvi; cf. Goth. hw?. ?. See Who.]

  1. For what cause, reason, or purpose; on what account; wherefore; -- used interrogatively. See the Note under What, pron., 1.

    Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
    --Ezek. xxxiii. 11.

  2. For which; on account of which; -- used relatively.

    No ground of enmity between us known Why he should mean me ill or seek to harm.

    Turn the discourse; I have a reason why I would not have you speak so tenderly.

  3. The reason or cause for which; that on account of which; on what account; as, I know not why he left town so suddenly; -- used as a compound relative.

    Note: Why is sometimes used as an interjection or an expletive in expression of surprise or content at a turn of affairs; used also in calling. ``Why, Jessica!''

    If her chill heart I can not move, Why, I'll enjoy the very love.
    --Cowley. [1913 Webster] Sometimes, also, it is used as a noun.

    The how and the why and the where.

    For why, because; why. See Forwhy. [Obs. or Colloq.]


Why \Why\, n. A young heifer. [Prov. Eng.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English hwi, instrumental case (indicating for what purpose or by what means) of hwæt (see what), from Proto-Germanic adverb *hwi (cognates: Old Saxon hwi, Old Norse hvi), from PIE *kwi- (source of Greek pei "where"), locative of *kwo- "who" (see who). As an interjection of surprise or emphasis, recorded from 1510s. As a noun, "cause, reason" from c.1300.


Etymology 1 adv. 1 For what cause, reason, or purpose. 2 # (non-gloss definition Introducing a complete question. English) 3 # (non-gloss definition Introducing a verb phrase (bare infinitive clause). English) 4 # (non-gloss definition Introducing a noun or other phrase. English) interj. An exclamation used to express indignation, mild surprise, or impatience. "Well, I'll tell you...". n. reason Etymology 2

n. (context UK dialect English) A young heifer.

  1. n. the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase `the whys and wherefores' [syn: wherefore]

  2. adv. question word; what is the reason (`how come' is a nonstandard variant); "why are you here?"; "how come he got an ice cream cone but I didn't?" [syn: how come]


Why may refer to:

  • Causality, a consequential relationship between two events
  • Reason (argument), a premise in support of an argument, for what reason or purpose
  • Why?, one of the Five Ws used in journalism
Why (Annie Lennox song)

"Why" is the first solo single by the Scottish singer Annie Lennox, released in 1992. It was taken from her debut solo album Diva and reached no.5 in the United Kingdom. In the US "Why" peaked at no. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 and no.6 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

Why (Carly Simon song)

"Why" is a song performed by Carly Simon, recorded for the film Soup for One in 1982. The movie flopped but the soundtrack was a success. The song is one in a string of many film-inspired singles by Simon.

The song, like the rest of the soundtrack, was produced by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers of Chic. This was a move away from the usual guitar-based hits of Simon's past. The bittersweet reggae-tinged ballad became a hit in Europe, hitting #10 in the UK, and staying on the British charts for 18 weeks. The song stalled at #74 on the Billboard Hot 100, and remained on the chart for 6 weeks.

The song is centered on the phrase "Why does your love hurt so much?", and Simon sings perhaps one of her most heartfelt and yearning vocals to date on the track. However, despite this sad subject matter, the song also became well known for its catchy refrain "La di-da, di-da".

A promotional video was made for the single that is currently viewable on Simon's YouTube page. The video shows Simon walking through a downtown street before stopping by an outdoor café where she mingles with residents who look on with keen interest. At the midpoint of the song, the residents watching Simon join in the song as she leads them in singing the memorable "la di-da, di-da" refrain.

In 1989, the song re-surfaced on the Ibiza "Hacienda" scene, and cemented its status as a Balearic classic. Known for its bass-line and funky drums, it was then that the growing hip-hop scene in the USA began to pick it up, seven years after its original release. The song re-entered the UK charts the same year, reaching #56.

Why (Sonique song)

"Why" is a single by British DJ and singer, Sonique. Released on CD in Germany on 30 May 2005, the track peaked at number 90.

Why (Lionel Richie song)

"Why" is the third single released by American singer Lionel Richie from his studio album Coming Home (2006).

It was considered as the second single, but "What You Are" (the label's initial choice) became the official selection. In the UK, "Why" was released in December 2006 as a single and peaked at #143 on the UK Singles Chart.

Why (Jason Aldean song)

"Why" is a song written by Rodney Clawson, Vicky McGehee and Big & Rich's John Rich and recorded by American country music artist Jason Aldean. It was released in November 2005 as the second single from his self-titled debut album. It became Aldean's first number-one single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

Why (3T song)

"Why" is a song by 3T. It was written by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and produced by Michael Jackson. This single comes from the album Brotherhood and it was released in 1996. The song was selected to be part of HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I, but it was taken out and Michael Jackson decided to give it away to his nephews. This song was well received in European and Asian charts.

A music video was produced to promote the single. It features 3T and Jackson and is shot in black and white. The music video was released on the Michael Jackson's box set, Michael Jackson's Vision.

Why (Frankie Avalon song)

"Why" is a hit song recorded by Frankie Avalon in 1959 that went to No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for the week of December 28, 1959, making it the last No. 1 single of the 1950s. The single also became the first No. 1 single of the 1960s on the Cashbox magazine charts. The song was written by Avalon's manager and record producer Robert "Bob" Marcucci and Peter De Angelis. It was Avalon's second and final No. 1 hit. The melody is based on an Italian song. The Avalon version features a female singer, which is heard in the repeat of the first four lines of the first part of the song, with Frankie, replying: "Yes, I Love you"., where he concludes the last quarter of the song, with a Coda, by himself.

Why (board game)

Why is a board game from the late 1950s created by the Milton Bradley Company based on the television show Alfred Hitchcock Presents. The game is no longer produced. There are two different releases of the game: the original 1958 release and the 1967 release, differing only in the box art.

Why can be played by two to four players aged 12 to adult. The four gamepiece characters are each humorous allusions to detectives of popular media fiction: Sergeant Monday ( Sergeant Friday), Dick Crazy ( Dick Tracy), Charlie Clam ( Charlie Chan), and Shylock Bones ( Sherlock Holmes). The six "ghosts" in the game are each based on actual historical figures: Daniel Boone, Pocahontas, Napoleon, Nero, Cleopatra and Henry the Eighth. The weapons in the game are a rope, a gun, poison, and an ax. The motive cards include the "Jealousy," "Lover's Quarrel," "Self Defense," and can be used only in conjunction with Alfred Hitchcock "It's A Mystery To Me" card.

The object of the game is to capture one ghost, one weapon, and one motive card. There are four cards for each ghost and weapon. An alternative way to win is capturing the six Alfred Hitchcock cards and the "It's A Mystery To Me" card. Each player is dealt seven cards and start out in the Living Room. The remaining cards are dealt evenly into the six rooms. A player can only have up to seven cards in his or her hand at one time. A player is able to obtain more cards from the lawn, from another player, or from another room.

To acquire cards from the lawn, a player must first make it to the Living Room by rolling a 7, 11, doubles, or the player's normal roll. Then they have to prove they have that type of card by showing it and then flipping over the card they want. If they are correct, they take the card. If they are incorrect, they must put down the card they thought it was and take the wrong card. For one player to take from another, they must be on the same space as each other or in the same room. A player challenges another player's card by first proving that they have one of its set. If they do have the card, they must give it to the player or they can give them a "No Clue" card and this card is removed from the game. If they do not have the card, they are then able to challenge that player for a card with the same rules applying. The player's turn ends after this. To get a card from a room, they must first make it to the room by rolling a 7, 11, doubles, or through the regular roll. Then they pick up the top card and discard the same card or another card if applicable into the lawn.

Why (Jadakiss song)

"Why" is a protest song by the rapper Jadakiss, the second single released from his second solo album Kiss of Death. It features singer Anthony Hamilton in the chorus and was produced by Mobb Deep member Havoc. It was a crossover hit in several countries. The song ranked #64 in's Top 100 Rap Songs. The remix produced by Elite with a new chorus was later released featuring Anthony Hamilton, Styles P, Common and Nas. Another remix was released, titled "Why 2K7", featuring the rapper Lil' Wayne. This remix is available on DJ 007's Beast of the East, a collaboration mixtape with Fabolous and Jadakiss.

Although not a remix nor a sequel, Jadakiss released the song "What If" that almost follows the same concept as "Why". All of the verses start with the latter title. It included Nas (who - as mentioned above - was featured in the remix of "Why") and is on his album The Last Kiss.

The song was covered by UK Grime rapper Black the Ripper on his 2008 Summer Madness mixtape.

Why (Rascal Flatts song)

"Why" is a song recorded by American country band Rascal Flatts. It is the third single from their sixth studio album, Unstoppable. It was released to radio stations on September 29, 2009 and debuted at number 44 on the U.S. Billboard US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of October 10, 2009. It was written by Rob Mathes and Allen Shamblin.

Why (Prudence Liew album)

''Dim Gaai (Cantonese 點解 Why) is the second studio album of cantopop singer Prudence Liew, released in 1987.

Why (Must We Fall in Love)

"Why (Must We Fall in Love)" is a Diana Ross & the Supremes and The Temptations song released in 1970 as the second single from the album Together. While the album's preceding single, " The Weight" was only released in the US and Canada, "Why (Must We Fall in Love)" was not released in North America, but was released as a single in the United Kingdom, peaking at 31 on the charts. In Australia, the flip side "Rhythm of Life" went to #2.

Why (Cathy Dennis song)

"Why" is a dance single by D Mob with Cathy Dennis. It was the fourth single released from Into the Skyline, a full year after the previous single. In the UK, it reached No. 23, making it the most successful single from the album.

"Why?" was dedicated in memory of Philip Hall, who died in December 1993.

Dennis performed the song on the season 3 episode of Beverly Hills, 90210, "A Night to Remember", in 1993, and appeared alongside Jason Priestley in the closing credits.

Why (Tony Sheridan song)

"Why" is one of the early songs performed by the Beatles when they were backing Tony Sheridan as the Beat Brothers. In the UK, it is the B-side of the instrumental rock tune " Cry for a Shadow". Although it was originally intended to be the A-side, the record label Polydor chose not to release it (at that time). When the Beatles were gaining popularity by 1964, the record label decided to release it with "Cry for a Shadow" as the A-side and "Why" as its B-side. In the US and Canada, it was released as originally intended, by the North American record label MGM with "Why" as the A-side and "Cry for a Shadow" as the B-side, due to its being an instrumental.

Why (The Byrds song)

"Why" is a song by the American rock band The Byrds, written by Jim McGuinn and David Crosby and first released as the B-side of the band's " Eight Miles High" single in March 1966. The song was re-recorded in December 1966 and released for a second time as part of the band's Younger Than Yesterday album. Born from Crosby's fondness for the music of Ravi Shankar, the song was an attempt to assimilate traditional Indian music into a rock and pop format. However, rather than actually using Indian instruments on the song, the band instead used McGuinn's raga-flavored guitar playing to emulate the sound of the sitar. "Why", along with "Eight Miles High", was influential in developing the musical styles of psychedelic rock and raga rock.

Why (Miliyah Kato song)

"Why" (stylized as WHY) is Japanese singer-songwriter and composer Miliyah Kato's sixteenth single, and the first to be taken from her fifth studio album Heaven. It was released throughout Japan on November 18, 2009.

Why (Canadian band)

WHY is a Canadian band formed in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1993. They released their first album THE NAKED SOUL in 1994. They use their music to promote and support positive causes. Their most recent album released was WHY "The Leap" (2013) with singles "Weep" and "Do It Scared" are currently recording their next one. WHY had two hit singles from Red, "The Surface" and "Red", the latter winning song of the year on Winnipeg radio station KICK FM. WHY also gained further notoriety with their video and hit single "Prisoner of Hope" in 2010.

Why (Andy Gibb song)

"Why" is a song written by Barry Gibb and composed by Andy Gibb, fourth and last single released on the album Shadow Dancing. Released as a single in September 1978 around the same time as " (Our Love) Don't Throw it All Away". It was his only single that was not charted in all countries.

Why (Mary J. Blige song)

"Why" is a song performed by American recording artist Mary J. Blige, from her tenth studio album, My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1) (2011). It was written by Blige along with Dave Young, Eric Hudson, and William Roberts II, with Hudson producing the song and Rick Ross having featured vocals. A soulful R&B song that makes use of hip hop soul and quiet storm influences and a beat-heavy, strings–led production, the song initially impacted on US radios on April 10, 2012 as the album's third single.

Why (Baby V.O.X)

Why (Baby V.O.X) was the fourth album of Korean girl group Baby V.O.X. Its singles were Why, Betrayal, and Consent. This was considered as their best release throughout their career. Their single Why did well in the Korean Music Charts. This album sold about 200,000 copies.

Why (Taeyeon EP)

' Why 'is the second extended play by South Korean singer Taeyeon, released by S.M. Entertainment on June 28, 2016.

Usage examples of "why".

We wondered for a long while why Kadra was so adamant about evacuating Tenua to the Abesse and sending her people straight into Volan hands.

Why, Abigail could best nearly any boy in the county at what were deemed masculine pursuits: hunting, riding and climbing trees.

We had suddenly switched our allegiance from India to Aboriginal Australia and I guess, in their eyes, they could see no reason why we would do that except for the money.

The people hauled in to testify about why they voted absentee offered a vivid picture of the fierce loyalties, rough politics, and economic pressures that shaped the lives of Arkansas hill people.

Why has the Primal not remained self-gathered so that there be none of this profusion of the manifold which we observe in existence and yet are compelled to trace to that absolute unity?

I mean, why take his word for it that he caught your father abusing you?

There was no reason why the Hotchkiss cottage should be so abuzz with activity, no reason whatsoever.

And the reason why he hesitated to do that which his body ached for-Steven of Gravely.

They soon made introductions and Acies explained to the elf why they were in the mines.

That is why he had me arrange to send a different, kind of primrose to the Acme Florists.

Why did you wish information about this box of aconitine pills prescribed for Mrs.

The reason why I did not acquaint you last night that I professed this art, was, that I then concluded you was under the hands of another gentleman, and I never love to interfere with my brethren in their business.

Let me ask you why many of us who are opposed to slavery upon principle give our acquiescence to a Fugitive Slave law?

And why should this power of acquiring languages be greater at two years than at twenty, but that for many generations we have learnt to speak at about this age, and hence look to learn to do so again on reaching it, just as we looked to making eyes, when the time came at which we were accustomed to make them.

On my view of characters being of real importance for classification, only in so far as they reveal descent, we can clearly understand why analogical or adaptive character, although of the utmost importance to the welfare of the being, are almost valueless to the systematist.