1 —provided to ask for information about someone or somepoint What is your name?What are those points on the table?What"s your family members like?What happened?What <=just how much> does it cost?"What did she say?" "She sassist yes."What execute you think of my idea?What perform you desire to perform tonight?"Dad!" "What (do you want)?" "You have a phone call."What (on earth) are you doing?!I finished dusting. Now what (must I do)?What (have to I do) next?What else did he say?You have actually money, fame, and a beautiful family. What more could you want?
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2 —provided to define a question Please ask them what they want for dinner.They asked her what she knew around him.I wonder what his motives were.
3 —offered to ask someone to say somepoint aacquire because you have not plainly heard or interpreted it What did you say? = (informal) What? —often supplied to present surpincrease about the thing that someone has actually just said "And then I sassist that he might go to hell." "You sassist what?!"She did what?!What? I do not believe it. You should be joking!
1a(1) —supplied as an interrogative expushing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of a things or issue What is this?What is riches without friends?What does he earn?What hath God wrought?
(2) —frequently offered to ask for repetition of an utterance or component of an utterance not correctly heard or understood You shelp what?
b(1) —used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the character, nature, occupation, position, or role of a perkid What do you think I am, a fool?What is she, that all our swains commend her?— William Shakespeare
(2) archaic : that sense 1 —used as an interrogative expushing inquiry about the identification of a perkid
c —supplied as an exclamation expushing surprise or excitement and frequently introducing a question What, no breakfast?
d —provided in expressions directing attention to a statement that the speaker is around to make you understand what
e(1) —supplied at the end of a question to express inquiry about extra possibilities Is it raining, or snowing, or what?
(2) —used via or at the finish of a question usually in expectation of agreement Is this interesting, or what?
f chiefly British —used at the end of an utterance as a type of tag question A clever before play, what?
2a : the thing or things that What you need is a vacation. What angered us was the tone of the post.
b : that which : the one or ones that no income but what he gets from his writings —periodically provided in reference to a clause or phrase that is yet to come or is not yet finish offered also, what is even more handy, understanding
1 : for what function or factor : why —usually provided with the other words of a question in between what and also for What did you execute that for? other than as soon as used alone
2 : harsh treatment especially by blows or by a sharp reprimand also … provided him what for in violent Spanish … — New Yorker
: what does it matter if What though the climbed have prickles, yet "tis plucked …— William Shakespeare
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