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When \When\, adv. [OE. when, whan, whenne, whanne, AS. hw[ae]nne, hwanne, hwonne; akin to OS. hwan, OD. wan, OHG. wanne, G. wann when, wenn if, when, Goth. hwan when, and to E. who. ????. See Who.] [1913 Webster]
At what time; -- used interrogatively. [1913 Webster] When shall these things be? --Matt. xxiv.
[1913 Webster] Note: See the Note under What, pron.,
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At what time; at, during, or after the time that; at or just after, the moment that; -- used relatively. [1913 Webster] Kings may Take their advantage when and how they list. --Daniel. [1913 Webster] Book lore ne'er served, when trial came, Nor gifts, when faith was dead. --J. H. Newman. [1913 Webster]
While; whereas; although; -- used in the manner of a conjunction to introduce a dependent adverbial sentence or clause, having a causal, conditional, or adversative relation to the principal proposition; as, he chose to turn highwayman when he might have continued an honest man; he removed the tree when it was the best in the grounds. [1913 Webster]
Which time; then; -- used elliptically as a noun. [1913 Webster] I was adopted heir by his consent; Since when, his oath is broke. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Note: When was formerly used as an exclamation of surprise or impatience, like what! [1913 Webster] Come hither; mend my ruff: Here, when! thou art such a tedious lady! --J. Webster. [1913 Webster] When as, When that, at the time that; when. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] When as sacred light began to dawn. --Milton. [1913 Webster] When that mine eye is famished for a look. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

when adv : as soon as; "once we are home, we can rest" [syn: once]

Moby Thesaurus

after all, again, albeit, all the same, although, anon, as far as, as long as, at all events, at any rate, at what time, at which, at which time, but, during which time, even, even so, for all that, howbeit, however, in any case, in any event, in what period, in which time, just the same, nevertheless, nonetheless, notwithstanding, on what occasion, on which occasion, rather, still, the while, though, upon which, what time, when as, whenever, whereas, whereupon, while, whilst, yet

English

Etymology

, from hwænne.

Pronunciation

  • a UK , /ʍɛn/, /WEn/
  • a US , /wɛn/|/ʍɛn/, /wEn/|/WEn/
  • Rhymes with: -ɛn

Homophones

Conjunction

  1. At what time.
    They were told when to sleep.
  2. At such time as.
    I’m happiest when I’m working.
  3. As soon as.
    I’ll do it when I get the time.
  4. At a time in the past,
    It was raining when I came yesterday.

Translations

at what time
  • Estonian: millal
  • Finnish: milloin
  • German: wann
  • Italian: quando
  • Portuguese: quando
  • Russian: когда
  • Spanish: cuando
  • Swedish: när
at such time as
  • Estonian: kui
  • Finnish: kun
  • German: wenn
  • Italian: quando
  • Portuguese: quando
  • Russian: когда
  • Spanish: cuando
  • Swedish: när, då
as soon as
  • Estonian: kui
  • Finnish: kun
  • German: wenn, sobald
  • Italian: quando
  • Portuguese: quando
  • Russian: когда
  • Spanish: cuando
  • Swedish: när, då
at a time in the past
  • Estonian: kui
  • Finnish: kun
  • German: als
  • Italian: quando
  • Portuguese: quando
  • Russian: когда
  • Spanish: cuando
  • Swedish: när

Adverb

  1. At what time.
    When will they arrive? (direct question)
    Do you know when they'll arrive? (indirect question)

Usage notes

  • used interrogatively, in either a direct or indirect question

Translations

at what time

Pronoun

  1. In the context of "interrogative": What time; which time
    Since when do I need your permission?

Translations

what time; which time
  • Bulgarian: кога (kogá)
  • Czech: kdy
  • Danish: hvornår
  • Dutch: wanneer
  • Esperanto: kiam
  • Finnish: mistä
  • French: quand
  • German: wann
  • Hungarian: mikor
  • Indonesian: kapan
  • Japanese: 何時 (いつ, itsu)
  • Polish: kiedy
  • Portuguese: quando
  • Romanian: când
  • Russian: когда
  • Spanish: cuando
  • Swedish: när

Noun

  1. The time.
    A good article will cover the who, the what, the when, the where, the why and the how.

Translations

the time
  • Bulgarian: когата (kogáta)
  • Czech: kdy
  • Danish: hvornår
  • Esperanto: kiam
  • Finnish: milloin
  • French: quand
  • German: Wann
  • Hungarian: mikor
  • Indonesian: kapan
  • Japanese: 何時 (いつ, itsu)
  • Polish: kiedy
  • Portuguese: quando
  • Romanian: atunci când
  • Spanish: el cuando
  • Vietnamese: khi nào

See also

When may refer to:
  • When?, one of the Five Ws, questions used in journalism
  • WHEN, the former call letters of TV station WTVH in Syracuse, New York, U.S.
    • WHEN (AM), a sports radio station in Syracuse once affiliated with WTVH
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